Sales tax revenue grows almost 8 percent in county

Collection increases by $6.5M in 2011, ranked 14th among upstate counties

— Dagostino said the county has worked hard to increase revenues, which can help lower residents’ tax bills.

“With the additional revenues coming in it adds to our tax base and it will hopefully keep our tax rate at a lower level,” she said. “We estimated that it would come this way and it is proving to be true.”

County Legislator Minority Leader James Buhrmaster said although sales tax revenue appears to be increasing, he is still concerned about the exact amount of new jobs created in the county. He added the revenue needs to be “shared fairly” between the towns and villages.

“The first chunk goes to the city then a small amount to each of towns and villages and then the county gets the lion’s share,” he said. “That is going to be a subject from now until December.”

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