Canton, NY, Mar 13, 2013 — St. Lawrence County legislators are pushing for home rule legislation, so they can raise the county's sales tax from three percent to four percent. They plan to use the additional money to reduce property taxes. But some don't think that's in the county's best interest. Go to full article
St. Lawrence County administrator Karen St. Hilaire Photo: Julie Grant
Canton, NY, Jan 04, 2013 — St. Lawrence County Legislators adopted a plan this week to raise the sales tax from three to four percent over the next five years. County administrator Karen St. Hilaire recommended the move. She says a one-percent hike in the sales tax would mean the county could reduce property taxes. Go to full article
If we should have an ice storm ... if we should have any number of events that we cannot control, we will be in serious trouble.
Canton, NY, Oct 13, 2011 — Like other municipalities around the state, St. Lawrence County is figuring out its budget for the coming year. So far its strategies to cope with rising expenses, falling state aid and a new cap on property taxes aren't working out.
Its leaders are cutting positions and programs. But they say they also need more revenue. That's where county leaders seem to be hitting a wall. Julie Grant reports. Go to full article
This will not cost the state a nickel. This will not cost these individuals a nickel.
Canton, NY, Jul 14, 2011 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed bills this week to extend sales tax increases for a dozen counties. The measures are sponsored by legislators from the regions and passed by the Assembly and Senate.
Franklin and Essex counties are on the list. But St. Lawrence County isn't. Local officials want to raise the county's share of the sales tax to help fill a multi-million dollar deficit in the county budget. But they're having trouble getting the state's OK. Julie Grant reports. Go to full article
Aug 02, 2005 — A St. Lawrence County lawmaker is lobbying his colleagues to support what conventional wisdom might consider a doubly unpopular proposition. He wants to increase the sales tax to help pay for a new jail. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jun 19, 2003 — Facing mounting budget woes, St. Lawrence County is among counties statewide considering raising the local sales tax. Lawmakers say the three-quarter of a percent hike would help pay for skyrocketing Medicaid, health care, and pension costs. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article