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New York state's Senate chamber. The Senate has one week to approve home rule legislation long sought by St. Lawrence County. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York state's Senate chamber. The Senate has one week to approve home rule legislation long sought by St. Lawrence County. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bill that could raise SLC sales tax passes Assembly

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Home rule legislation that would allow St. Lawrence County to raise its sales tax by one percent passed in the New York State Assembly Thursday. County legislative chairman John Putney says the bill now needs Senate approval.

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Julie Grant
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"I'm pleased to see that it passed the Assembly, and at this point we continue to move forward on the legislative process. We're just at this point turning to the Senate for their leadership." 

The legislative session ends next Thursday, so the Senate has a week to take action on the bill.

For years, the St. Lawrence County has wanted to raise its share of the sales tax from 3 to 4 percent, bringing its total sales tax — including the state’s four percent — to eight percent.

Putney says that's in line with tax rates in neighboring Jefferson and Franklin Counties, and it would allow St. Lawrence County to reduce property taxes.

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