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Sales tax hike would shift tax burden to non-residents, supervisors say

He said that proposed cuts to infrastructure repair would have substantial consequences.

"Tourists will not come here if we don't provide good roads and bridges as well as attractions to draw them here," he said.

County Treasurer Frank O'Keefe noted that all residents pay property taxes, although renters pay the taxes through their rent - and they, too would be shouldering tax increases, if not for the solution of a sales tax increase.

The press conference was convened, Queensbury Supervisor William VanNess said, because the area daily newspaper hadn't adequately publicized the pending tax increases in various towns, and how a sales tax hike could offer relief to taxpayers.

"Today we're getting the fact out - the true story," he said.

Goodspeed criticized the daily newspaper's repeated editorials against a sales tax increase, saying they were based on a lack of information. But he praised the news coverage provided by the Adirondack Journal and the North Creek News-Enterprise, calling it objective.

"The Post Star editorials have no basis in reality," he said. "Anyone who sat in the meetings and heard all the information could not have written those editorials."

Supervisors voted Nov. 30 to ask state legislators to pass enabling legislation to set the stage for a temporary 1 percent tax increase. A final vote to enact the tax would occur in several months, and the tax hike would begin next September, or July at the earliest.

Supervisor Ralph Bentley said he had heard from about 30 people, many of them entrepreneurs, who said that a sales tax hike was definitely preferable to much higher property taxes.

"This is tax relief for full-time residents," he said.

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