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Schuyler can keep the four percent sales tax

Schuyler can still collect four percent of sales tax
SCHUYLER COUNTY—The state legislature has allowed Schuyler County to continue collecting four percent sales tax, instead of just three percent.
County Administrator Tim O’Hearn said that the one percent difference brought in $2 million last year. Of the full eight percent sales tax, the county will be able to keep collecting the four percent until Nov. 30, 2011. He said that is a projected $4 million for the county over the next two years. He added that the full four percent brought in $8.5 million last year.
O’Hearn said the subject comes up every two years and the legislature votes whether Schuyler, and several other counties, can keep collecting that one percent more in sales tax. He explained that it is something the New York State Association of Counties has been lobbying for. O’Hearn said the association wants it abolished that it comes up to vote in order to create “stability.” He added the voting every two years is something the county wants to get rid of also.
“It’s always a possibility it could not be approved,” he said.
The law was signed two weeks ago. O’Hearn added that this was something that made it through the senate without being affected by the stalemate from June and July.

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