SLC Lawmakers Formally Ask For Sales Tax Hike
St. Lawrence County legislators are on the offensive to raise the local sales tax.
At a special meeting in Canton Monday night, lawmakers voted to formally ask state legislators to sponsor what's called home rule legislation.
It would allow the county to raise its share of the sales tax from 3 to 4 percent. The state sales tax is 4 percent, so overall sales tax in the county would go from 7 to 8 percent.
County legislators also went on record promising to use the additional revenue to reduce property taxes.
County officials met with state senators Patty Ritchie, Joe Griffo and Betty Little in Albany last week to assure them the county's tax plan is a workable one.
"We're optimistic that we have met our obligations," said legislator Jonathan Putney. "We've had a proactive meeting with the comptroller some time ago to find any kind of cost savings."
"It is a pretty rigid plan that will have to be religiously followed without a lot of variation in order to make it work," legislator Joseph Lightfoot said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters last month in Potsdam he would sign legislation allowing the sales tax increase if it made it to his desk.
Monday, March 2, 2015, Watertown, NY
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