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Public decries sales tax hike plan

Pat Cunningham of North Creek suggested imposing a tax on Internet sales, which he said could raise $20 million annually.

Hotelier Dave Kenny said he was concerned that the tax hike would prompt consumers to go to Saratoga to shop.

"We don't need to give them another competitive advantage," he said.

Weinschenk warned that a sales tax hike would disproportionately hurt people on limited incomes. he said that some businesses in Lake George and Bolton had lost 50 to 75 percent of their sales in the last two years, and not to plan for the sales tax revenues to stay robust.

Jim Barrett said the expenditures around the county had been excessive, and the $400,000 fire trucks and multi-million-dollar fire houses were way out of line.

"Show some boldness and stop this spending," he said.

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