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The St. Lawrence County courthouse and legislative building.
The St. Lawrence County courthouse and legislative building.

St. Lawrence County begins slow road to fiscal health

After several years of dire financial news, last week brought a break in the clouds for St. Lawrence County. The county got $1.8 million in revenue from the Akwesasne Mohawk casino. And Governor Cuomo signed into law home rule legislation that will allow the county to raise the sales tax by 1%.

St. Lawrence has been one of only five counties in the state with a sales tax at 7%. County legislative chairman Jonathan Putney says an 8% sales tax will take effect on December 1st. He says it should raise 13 million dollars a year for the county and several local governments that will get a share.

Putney tells David Sommerstein that puts the county on a long road to financial health. And it brings good news to property taxpayers in the form of a property tax cut of 14% next year. "The bulk of the money goes to property tax stabilization," says Putney. "Some of the funds have been targeted for infrastructure. And this will help us over time, through our budgeting process, to slowly rebuild our fund balance."  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/79513319@N00/1329843460/">Laura Thorne</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Laura Thorne, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sales tax hike could help St. Lawrence Co. homeowners

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.  Go to full article
Albany approved sales tax hikes in the final moments of the year-long session.
Albany approved sales tax hikes in the final moments of the year-long session.

4 North Country counties win last-minute sales tax hikes

In the final hours of the legislative session, North Country lawmakers pushed through sales tax hikes for four counties.

The the largest was a 1 percent hike in St. Lawrence County.

Essex County also boosted its sales tax by a quarter percent.

Clinton and Franklin Counties saw their sales taxes extended by the state legislature.  Go to full article
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

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.  Go to full article
Jonathan Putney, chair of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, in Waddington. Photo: Still from Putney campaign video
Jonathan Putney, chair of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, in Waddington. Photo: Still from Putney campaign video

St. Lawrence County pushes to increase sales tax

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
St. Lawrence County administrator Karen St. Hilaire Photo: Julie Grant

St. Lawrence County leaders want sales tax hike

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
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County budget strategies falling short

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
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St. Lawrence seeks sales tax hike

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

St. Lawrence Co. Mulls Sales Tax Hike for Jail

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

St. Lawrence County Eyes Sales Tax Hike

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

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