Local counties relieved with state approval of sales tax rates – New York News


For the next three years, state-wide local governments won’t have to worry about their sales tax rates.

The New York State Assembly voted during its June 28 session to extend current sales tax rates for local governments, including Oneida and Herkimer counties. The measure also passed through the state Senate last month.

Sales tax extensions typically are passed every two years, with most existing ones set to expire in November. But when state Assembly remained deadlocked at the close of the latest regular legislative session, some local governments were worried about the sizable budget gaps that would have been created without the extensions.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, said he figured the bills would have been approved sooner or later as he could not envision a scenario where they are not passed. Failure to approve the measures, he said, would have left many local governments scrambling with multi-million dollar budget gaps.

“If I had it my way, I believe that the counties and local governments should be given authority to choose on their own what their sales tax is and should not have to come back to the state every two years requesting extensions,” he said.

State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, said this year’s approval was delayed as the extensions were linked to a separate, more controversial measure to grant mayoral control over schools in New York City.

With regards to the process requiring governments to return every few years, Griffo said he would like to see that reworked while still restricting governments from exceeding certain sales tax…

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