PLATTSBURGH — Sales tax revenue for Clinton County continues to soar as the year enters its final third.
"We're continuing to see a nice increase," County Treasurer Kimberly Davis said at this week's Finance Committee meeting.
As of the end of August, sales-tax revenue was $2,066,439 ahead of projections for the year.
The total collected so far of $22,622,326 is $642,508 ahead of the amount collected at the same time last year.
After a healthy year in 2018, the County Legislature agreed to increase projections for 2019.
The positive number has legislators and the North Country Chamber of Commerce delighted.
Chamber President Garry Douglas said the increase in sales tax can be attributed to several factors.
"The continuing strong performance on the sales-tax front certainly reflects in part a strong economy with high employment. But in our area, it also reflects continued success in drawing tourists and particularly our Canadian friends here for recreation and shopping," Douglas said.
Douglas said the efforts of Kristy Kennedy, the chamber's head of tourism, were paying dividends
"Kristy Kennedy and her team of staff and volunteers have brought a strength and stability to our cross-border dynamic which few other border areas can match," Douglas said.
"The occupancy tax receipts show this directly, supplemented by increased business travel here as well with our large and diverse manufacturing community. And for every resident, good sales tax numbers help contain property taxes while also helping the county to support important investments such as Clinton Community College and redevelopment of the old Clinton County Airport."
Legislator Chris Rosenquest (D-Area 9, City of Plattsburgh) who chairs the county's Finance Committee, said he is confident sales-tax revenue will continue to be solid.
"As we've seen with each treasurer's report, our sales tax numbers are going in the right direction. This is a clear indication that people in our area are enjoying a very low unemployment rate and visitors are spending money in our community," Rosenquest said.
"Looking towards next year's budget, we'll likely see a modest and conservative increase in what we budget for sales tax. But we will see an increase."
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