County calls special meeting for sales tax discussion

QUEENSBURY A special meeting has been set by the Warren County Board of Supervisors to discuss raising the county sales tax by 1 percent.

The meeting is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. at the regular meeting room at the Warren County Municipal Center.

Currently the county receives 3 percent of the sales tax revenues, which it splits among the local municipalities. The state has a 4 percent sales tax, giving the county a 7 percent tax rate.

Supervisors are looking at a 1 percent increase to help offset county property taxes. Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe is in favor of the increase. He said that the county raises about $32 million through property taxes and $48 million from the sales tax.

A significant portion of the sales tax is paid by tourists, Monroe said. If the county adds 1 percent and uses the revenue fully toward offsetting property taxes, it could yield about $16 million, according to Monroe.

The county would have to watch spending and make sure the revenues generated by the increased sales tax would be put toward offsetting property taxes, he said. And the county would have to watch spending.

The meeting will also include a public hearing on the proposed airport real property lease agreement with Scher- merhorn Aviation and any other business that comes before the board at that time.

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