Finance Committee Chairman Thomas Scozzafava pointed out that sales tax helps keep property taxes down, calling it the most equitable form of taxation.
How to split the increase
Scozzafava, who represents Moriah, jokingly brought up the issue on how the quarter percent would be split, but the subject will likely prove to be a divisive one for the board.
Some towns, like Moriah, would benefit if the money was returned based on population. Others, like North Elba and Ticonderoga, would see more funds if the money was returned to the municipality where the funds were collected.
For a few towns, like Essex and North Hudson, the proposed increase in sales tax would make little difference, since both have small populations and little sales tax generated.
Board Chairman Noel Merrihew said he would appoint a subcommittee to consider the issue and offer recommendations to the board.