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September 10, 2013

Clinton County sales-tax revenue way ahead

Legislator Mark Dame wants cut for taxpayers

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PLATTSBURGH —

“We have to look a couple years out to make sure we are stable going forward,” he said.

“But I understand what you (Dame) are saying.”

CAUTION URGED

Finance Committee Chairwoman Sara Rowden (D-Area 4, Town of Plattsburgh) also urged caution because positive sales-tax revenue is not always a guarantee.

“We still need to be very careful,” she said.

Legislator Robert Butler (R-Area 6, Saranac) said it appeared that Dame, who is running for re-election this year, was trying to make political hay out of the sales-tax issue.

“I see evidence that the political season is rearing its head,” Butler said.

“Some of us want to take this good news and use it for one thing, but there is a much bigger picture than that.”

Dame said he has touted tax cuts ever since he was a member of the City of Plattsburgh Common Council in the early 1990s.

“Obviously, he (Butler) has not followed my political career that closely,” he said.

“If I believe in lower property taxes, then I am probably in the majority. Who doesn’t want to lower taxes?”

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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