May 15, 2013

Franklin County sales-tax extension vote set Thursday


MALONE — Legislators will vote Thursday on whether to extend Franklin County’s collection of 4 percent sales tax on local purchases.

A public hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. to take comments on the plan to seek State Legislature permission to continue collecting 4 percent rather than 3 percent sales tax on goods and services.

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The 1-percent increase is a revenue stream that the county began to tap into in June 2006 and must periodically renew through Albany lawmakers.

The county’s sales-tax revenue in 2012 was $20,550,039, and it is projected at $21 million for 2013, according to the County Treasurer’s Office.


The hearing comes as part of the regular meeting of the County Legislature, which convenes the Public Works and Services Committee at 9:30 a.m. with County Highway Superintendent Jonathan Hutchins.

At 10 a.m., legislators will hold a public hearing on landowners’ requests to be included in the county’s Agricultural Sistrict.

Then, following the sales-tax hearing, the full County Legislature will hear from County Manager Thomas Leitz and will have the call to order at 11:30 a.m.

A work session with the full legislature is set for 12:30 p.m.

All meetings and work sessions are open to the public and held in the fourth-floor Legislative Chambers in the County Courthouse in Malone.