Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Municipalities to share Orange County’s sales tax surplus

GOSHEN – Orange County ended 2017 with $3.7 million more in sales tax revenue than the $15.8 million that was budgeted for its municipalities so County Executive Steven Neuhaus plans to share it among them.

Neuhaus attributes the growing economy as the reason for the additional funds and as a result, he is going to give the City of Newburgh an additional $536,635; the City of Middletown, an extra $522,120; and the City of Port Jervis, an additional $164,122.

“And that’s why it behooves us to continue to work together to improve tourism and economic development; they go hand in hand,” he said. “You might have a community that doesn’t have a lot of industrial strength but they have a lot of tourism attractions and a lot of people visiting, let’s say, for wineries and so on and so forth. And then you have a city that has a lot of industrial strength going on. All that diversity adds up to these increased numbers.”

Neuhaus said the towns and villages in the county will also see increases in sales tax revenue. See chart.

It will be up to each municipality to decide how to spend the newfound money.

 


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