Counties in the News July 18, 2016
Monday's news from counties across the state
Sales Tax Collections Continuing to Show Uneven Recovery
Counties remain concerned about the economy of New York and the collection of local sales tax. There is a connection between economic activity and the revenues received by counties, which are in turn used to support state mandated and local programs, including the wide variety of quality of life services in our communities.
The 2nd quarter was another slow sales tax quarter for counties. 37 counties collected less in the 2nd quarter of 2016 than they did in the same quarter last year.
There continues volatility and unevenness across the state, with numbers coming in much lower than historic averages for most counties. Motor fuel sales tax collections are down about $56 million in the first six months compared to last year, but that does not explain all of the low numbers.
- Total county collections (not including NYC) were down $9.7 million, -.5%
- The average percent change per county was -.79%.
- The range was -9.72% to +7.5%
From January to June 2016 period, the numbers are slightly better, but 23 counties still collected less in sales tax in the first 6 months than they did last year
- Total County collections (not including NYC) are up $29 million, +.8%
- The average percent change per county was +.56%
- The range was -6.81 to +11.63%
Collections for New York City, which had been experiencing stronger growth, show slower growth. Sales tax revenues in NYC are up only 1.8% in the 2nd quarter and 2.4% for the first 6 months of the year.
DEC issues first statewide drought watch in more than 10 years
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Nassau County Cops to Give 600 Children with Disabilities a Helping Hand
Rockland executive to impose austerity plan to avoid $4M deficit (Video)
Valley View turned profit in 2015
Orange County Freedom Fest Honors War Veterans
Legislator urges motorcyclists on the Hawk's Nest to slow down
Astorino Announces Special Events at County Pools and Glen Island Beach this Summer
$750,000 state grant aids Rensselaer County first responders
Warren County Board shoots down request for lawyer funding
St. Lawrence County to fill more than a dozen vacant positions, abolish one
FOIL changes a good move
Essex Co. considers restraint law for dogs
New paperless registration renewal option questioned by local DMV officials
Legislators approve $51.4M MVCC budget
Pavement Paint Crews on Broome County Roads Urge Drivers to Use Caution (Video)
CENTRAL NEW YORK
Governor Cuomo Announces $14 Million Route 104 Rehabilitation in Oswego County is Underway
Onondaga Lake Fest: High expections seemingly met lake's healthy comeback (Video)
With projects complete, FLCC committee abolished
Purple Heart Awarded at Board of Supervisor Meeting
WESTERN NEW YORK
Resolutions filed to gauge sale of county nursing homes