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News

Counties in the News, March 3, 2017

Friday's news from counties across the state.
NYSAC
Closing the Internet Sales Tax Loophole Top priority for NYSAC
Counties and New York State have seen a stagnation or reductions in sales tax revenues from the Great Recession and an increase in Internet retail activity.
 
Brick and mortar retail stores in communities across the state have seen a reduction in retail activity, with some closing and laying off New Yorkers who work in their stores.
  
Counties rely on sales tax receipts to offset property taxes, while also providing a significant revenue source for cities, towns, school districts and villages through sales tax sharing arrangements.
 
The Governor's State Budget proposal seeks to modernize the state's sales tax collection process for tangible personal property purchased over the Internet. The proposal does not increase sales taxes. It simply provides a streamlined way for Internet retailers to collect and remit sales tax that is already owed under state law.
 
The proposal does not change current rules regarding sales tax nexus and relieves small vendors from the burden of having to collect the sales tax owed. This will streamline the sales tax collection process and improve compliance.
 
NYSAC is urging the Legislature to support this provision as it will streamline sales tax collection practices, reduce burdens on small business, improve tax compliance, preserve a critical revenue base for counties and local governments, while creating a fairer and more balanced retail marketplace for our New York-based retailers that create jobs in our communities.
 
STATEWIDE

State launches free lead testing for water
 
LONG ISLAND

Suffolk launches ‘lactation station'
 
HUDSON VALLEY

Hein seeks legislative approval to require large chain pharmacies to take back unwanted drugs
 

Consolidation Moves Forward
 

Ulster County in holding pattern as Dutchess reaches bed tax deal for Airbnb rentals
 
CAPITAL

$60M for a cozier home
 

Supervisors consider plastic bag restrictions in Warren County
 
NORTH COUNTRY

Local leaders voice frustration with state's ‘one-size-fits-all' proposals
 

Veterans help group looks to establish presence in Franklin County
 

Senior Planet draws older users into computer-age orbit
 
MOHAWK VALLEY

Bold Proposals Made During State of Oneida County Address (Video)
 

Montgomery County approves antenna

SOUTHERN TIER

Municipal leaders to Cuomo: Shared Services won't solve property tax problem (Video)
 
CENTRAL NEW YORK

BOCES helps Madison County inmates find new start
 

Manure management guidelines adopted by Cayuga County water agency
 
FINGER LAKES

Genesee eyes broadband upgrade

Monroe County offers free screenings in push to prevent colon cancer
 
WESTERN NEW YORK

Gusts of dissent in wind plans
 

Erie County Executive says Bethlehem Steel site plan a 'game changer'
 

Erie County A 2016 'National Best and Brightest in Wellness' winner
 

County's additional 1 percent sales tax passes committee

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