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“It’s wonderful,” Mundy said. “(But) it’s like any of our grants — you have to raise the money to spend it, and you get your part back. It’s not like they’re writing me a $500,000 check.”

— By Staff Writer Robin Caudell

SALES TAX GIVES BIG BOOST

Some of the best news for Clinton County in 2012 came in the form of sales-tax revenue.

Buoyed by Canadian visitors, the county had a much-needed outstanding commercial year.

When the county put the finishing touches on its 2013 budget plan in November, sales-tax revenue was more than $3 million ahead of projections.

The extra money, along with the sale of the county’s home health-care service, which saved about $1.7 million, helped legislators keep the tax-levy increase to just 1.3 percent.

The county could have raised its levy by as much as 3.2 percent under the state tax-cap formula.

County Treasurer Joseph Giroux said sales-tax revenue went up about another $300,000 in the final month of the year as shoppers spent on holiday gifts.

”We know that the end of the year will be strong because of the holiday spending, and that is what has been happening,” he said in late December.

Giroux said Canadian traffic in the area was busy at retail establishments and Plattsburgh International Airport throughout the year, which helped bolster the sales-tax revenue stream.

”As long as they keep buying and flying out of here we will be in good shape,” Giroux said.

— By Staff Writer Joe LoTemplio

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