May Sales-Tax Check Here: 26% Lower Than Last Year


May Sales-Tax Check Here:

26% Lower Than Last Year

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Allen Ruffles

COOPERSTOWN – The May sales-tax check arrived at 197 Main St. today, and County Treasurer Allen Ruffles reports it is 26.9 percent lower than last year’s May check.

That is a reduction of slightly less than $600,000, he said, but higher than the 25 percent NYSAC estimated.

The sales-tax allocations are issued every other month, and Otsego County’s largest ones will be known in July and September, reflecting summer business –- or the lack of summer business.

The good news, such as it is, is that Otsego’s percentage reduction is not as great as in some counties, Ruffles said a few minutes ago:  “We were down by a lot. But by no means were we down the most.”

Orleans County, to the east of Niagara County, near Buffalo, saw a 45 percent reduction, he reported.

Chenango County, west of here, was down 29 percent.  Schoharie, to the east, did a little better, 17 percent.  Madison, across Unadilla Creek from Edmeston and Plainfield, saw a 33 percent dip.

St. Lawrence County in the North Country, home to SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson, and Canton Ag & Tech – all closed – saw a 22 percent dip.

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