Thursday, June 14, 2007

Merry Christmas!

It's not a tax hike, it's a Christmas present!

The county’s bid to replace a 1 percent sales tax with a .75 percent levy Dec. 1 — just in time for Christmas — is headed back to Albany for final action.

The Board of Legislators voted 27-1 Wednesday for a resolution asking the state Legislature and governor to allow the county to enact the .75 percent tax — counties can’t enact sales taxes without the state’s go-ahead. The state Senate and Assembly are scheduled to adjourn June 21.

Once again, this isn't a "tax cut" just in time for Christmas. Oneida County's elevated sales tax ends on November 30, 2007. The Legislature has voted to impose a new sales tax increase, admittedly smaller than the existing one, that starts at the stroke of midnight on December 1, 2007.