Keep Local Taxes Local






Every day, hundreds of thousands of dollars are being siphoned out of our communities.
 

Starting in 2019, New York State began a troubling practice of diverting local sales taxes that should go to local programs and services and redirecting it to pay for state responsibilities – first to cover the costs of the AIM program for towns, and villages; and second to fund a state pool for distressed health care facilities. 
 
To date, more than $677 million in local sales taxes have been diverted away from our communities and into the state’s general fund - equivalent to $618,000 per day over the last three years.
 
It’s time to end this practice and return to responsible budgeting that keeps local tax revenue in the communities where it can fund local programs and services and reduce pressure on property taxes.

It’s time to get back to normal. 
 

Keep Local Taxes Local Toolkit


Learn

Learn more about the state's diversion of local sales tax and why it needs to end.
Take Action

To ensure that this misguided policy is removed from the final budget, we need to make sure the collective county voice is heard loud and clear in the State Capitol!

Below find resources to help you advocated for the end of local sales tax diversions. Use them to call, text, email or tweet at your local State Senators and Assemblymembers asking them to remove local sales tax diversions for AIM and the distressed hospital fund from their one-house budgets and insist it stays out of the final budget!
 
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It’s time to end this practice and return to responsible budgeting that keeps local tax revenue in the communities where it can fund local programs and services and reduce pressure on property taxes.
 
Help us tell Governor Hochul and state legislators to “Keep Local Taxes Local” and allow this unprecedented practice to expire permanently at the end of this fiscal year as originally intended.