Counties in the News, June 14, 2017
Wednesday's news from counties across the state.
County Sales Tax Renewals Being Held Up in Albany
The Assembly and Senate are on two distinctly different paths for renewing local sales tax bills, raising the prospect that they may leave the Capitol for the year without renewing county sales tax extenders, or other home rule revenue bills.
The Assembly passed a sales tax and other home rule renewal legislation in a single omnibus bill, but it also included a multi-year renewal of mayoral control over the New York City school system. Speaker Heastie has indicated this is the only sales tax extender bill the Assembly will pass this session. The Governor and Senate do not currently support a multi-year extension of mayoral control without a lot of other strings.
The Senate is currently moving county sales tax and other home rule revenue renewals through regular order – one at a time. The Senate does not support linking county sales tax renewal bills and mayoral control of schools in New York City. There are currently five different mayoral control bills introduced.
The Governor has requested both the Assembly and the Senate to introduce an omnibus county sales tax bill that provides permanent local authority over current local sales tax rates (counties would no longer need state legislative approval to maintain their current local sales tax rate above 3 percent).
NYSAC prefers the Governor's proposal for permanent local authority, but with five days left of the scheduled Legislative Session, we are calling on State Lawmakers to ensure these sales tax extender home rule bills are passed before they leave Albany late next week.
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