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October 6, 2013

Clinton County sales tax still way up



Nova Bus received a contract in May to produce 300 buses with an option for another 150 for the Chicago Transit Authority. The deal could be worth up to $221.3 million for the Town of Plattsburgh company.

The company also received a deal for 16 buses for the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority worth about $7 million.

Bombardier, a railcar manufacturer in the City of Plattsburgh, is undergoing a $26 million expansion.

While sales-tax revenue has been strong so far this year, legislators are excited that they still have the final quarter to look forward to. The final quarter of each year has been the strongest for the past decade as more sales are typically made during the holiday seasons.

“There seems to be a good feel in the air and a lot of energy in the county that hasn’t been there for awhile,” Rowden said.

The sales-tax revenue is shared by the county with the City of Plattsburgh and all the towns and villages. Each municipality gets a portion based on population.

The City of Plattsburgh’s share of the sales-tax revenue is up $375,002 so far for the year.

Mayor Donald Kasprzak said the money will certainly help with the city budget.

“With continued health care, retirement, benefit and personnel costs coupled with the generous fire-union arbitration award ($1.1 million for retroactive pay for 2008 and 2009), the increased sales-tax figure is great news and will help the 2014 budget,” he said.

“We can only hope this extra revenue will be spent wisely by the new mayor and council.”

Kasprzak presented his 2014 budget proposal to the council last week. The plan features a 2.3 percent increase in the tax levy, the maximum allowed under the state tax cap.

The current council and the council that is elected in the Nov. 5 election will make adjustments to the budget plan before it is adopted Jan. 9.

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