KINGSTON – As the deadline approaches early next week for the City of Kingston and Ulster County to agree to a new sales tax sharing agreement, Mayor Steven Noble asked the county legislature on Friday to enter into a new five-year deal at the current funding levels for all local municipalities.
Noble also proposed establishing a task force to guide the planning and implementation of “high impact changes” to reduce overlaps and duplication of service, maintain and expand essential services, and improve communication between various local governments to share data, planning and other mutual areas of focus.
The mayor said the city has provided “a tremendous amount of services while protecting the city’s taxpayers, (but) I believe that we can do even more by planning and implementing a long term and high impact shared services with our neighboring municipalities and the county.”
The Kingston Common Council this week approved a resolution calling for the county to maintain the current funding levels during the course of a new five-year sales tax sharing agreement.
The county legislature, though, wants to change the levels reducing the percentage amount that Kingston would receive.