The sales tax increase in St. Lawrence County is halfway there.
The state Assembly passed a bill Thursday allowing the county to add an extra one percent onto its sales tax.
St. Lawrence County officials lobbied for years, amid worsening budget problems, to get the increase.
“This measure will not only assist the county in providing important services to the community, it will also allow St. Lawrence to take advantage of the growing number of shoppers visiting from outside of the county,” said Assemblywoman Addie Russell, who sponsored the Assembly bill.
The increase will raise the county's share of sales tax from three to four percent, and bring the total sales tax in St. Lawrence County to eight percent.
The legislation now awaits state Senate approval.
A statement from the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators praised Russell's efforts.
"The Board of Legislators appreciates the steadfast efforts by Assemblywoman Russell to get where we are today.
"There is one week until the session of the New York State Legislature ends and in order for the County to complete this effort, Bill No. S05104 would have to also pass in the New York State Senate. It would then be presented to Governor Cuomo for approval.
"We anxiously await news on this front to provide the revenue St. Lawrence County needs to lower property taxes for the taxpayers of the County."
Sunday, May 24, 2015, Watertown, NY
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