ALBANY – Sullivan County sales tax revenue in the first six months of the year was up 18 percent over the same period last year and while the county expected some increase because of economic development, this exceeded expectations, said County Manager Joshua Potosek.
The county keeps four percent of the total eight percent tax, which means projected out for the year, Potosek said Sullivan stands to reach an additional $150 million in taxable sales.
As budget preparation begins, Potosek expects the usual areas will receive the additional money.
“Tax stabilization, tax relief, infrastructure, public safety; those are some of the themes you are going to hear, and we have some of our union contracts that haven’t been settled, so that is where you will see the legislature debating on how we want to use some of that extra money that they haven’t had the pleasure of having in the past,” Potosek said.
Westchester County sales tax rose by 6.8 percent in the first half of the year while Putnam County increased by six percent and Dutchess and Orange increased by just under six percent. Ulster gained under 3.5 percent more while Rockland gained slightly more than two percent increase in sales tax revenue.