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Sales tax hike could help St. Lawrence Co. homeowners

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St. Lawrence County lawmakers got their second bit of positive financial news of the week yesterday. First, the state delivered the county's share of long-awaited casino revenue Tuesday.

Then, yesterday morning, Assemblywoman Addie Russell released news that Gov. Cuomo had signed "home rule" legislation, giving the county authority to increase its sales tax.

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David Sommerstein
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County lawmakers will now be able to increase the sales tax by up to 1 percent to a total of 8 percent. New York State takes 4 percent of that. Most other counties in New York already have the ability to change their sales tax rates.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell praised the action, saying it should “provide relief to property tax payers.”

St. Lawrence County has been facing dire financial distress. Earlier this year the state comptroller said the county was “walking a financial tightrope.”

County legislative chairman Jonathan Putney told North Country Public Radio earlier this summer the sales tax hike would allow the county to replenish its fund balance and reduce property taxes by up to 28 percent over 5 years.

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