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Tax revenue up in Essex County

ELIZABETHTOWN-For the first part of 2011, the numbers show that people are spending in Essex County.

During the April 18 meeting of the county's finance committee, treasurer Michael Diskin said that mortgage, occupancy and sales tax revenues were up from where they were in 2010, and in a big way.

"The sales tax is up about 10.5 percent," Diskin said. "We are running ahead of averages in several areas."

Through April 13, the county had received an increase of $498,846.98 in sales tax through that date comparable to the figures for January through April of 2010.

Finance chairman and Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said that the increase was in part due to a spike in prices at the pump.

"The price of gas is something that has affected that as well," Scozzafava said.

Diskin said that he agreed, but that other numbers showed a willingness to spend more in 2011 throughout the county.

"The mortgage tax revenue has increased, but that probably could not be worse than it was," Diskin said. "Also, the increase in occupancy tax in the county is up about 12 percent over last year's figures. So, even though gas is up, people are coming to Essex County and staying more in 2011."

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