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Schuyler sales tax revenue increase is second in state

SCHUYLER COUNTY—With the third quarter sales tax numbers in, Schuyler County had the second highest increase compared to 2008’s third quarter and year to date.
According to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Schuyler County brought in $2,917,958, or 8.4 percent more, in this year’s third quarter.  Last year Schuyler County brought in $2,690,827.  The largest increase in the third quarter came from Hamilton County.  Of the 62 counties in New York, only seven did not have a decrease in the third quarter.
Chemung County had a 13.5 percent decrease in the third quarter.  Just north in Yates County, the decrease was 1.4 percent.  Tioga County was one of the seven with no decrease, but had a zero percent change.
Comparing year-to-date numbers, Schuyler County also had the second highest increase.  In the first three quarters this year, Schuyler County got $6,881,653, a 9.5 percent increase.  Last year’s first three quarters brought in $6,283,454.  Seneca County had the highest increase in this category.  There were seven counties again that did not have a decrease, but not necessarily the same seven.
Chemung County’s year-to-date change was again a negative; 5.9 percent decrease.  Tioga and Yates Counties were two of the seven that did not decrease.  Tioga’s sales tax revenue increased 5.3 percent.  Yates had a zero percent change.
County Administrator Tim O’Hearn said that the reason the sales tax saw an increase in the third quarter was the same reason for the increase in the second quarter: the Harbor Hotel.  He said the hotel has helped increase the sales tax numbers both directly and indirectly.  He explained that the conferences being hosted at the hotel increases the people in the area making purchases.
“It’s almost a weekly occurrence,” he said about the conferences.  In fact, this week the hotel is partially hosting the New York State Middle School Conference.  Watkins Glen Central School District Superintendent Tom Phillips said the event is expected to bring in almost 1,000 educators for the three day event.  

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