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Sales tax cap off the table

ELIZABETHTOWN-Essex County is looking at a $1.5 million hit in state aid if the state budget deal that was struck Sunday is the one that is accepted by Friday.

Members of the Board of Supervisors reacted to word that a deal over a state budget had been struck between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders March 27.

"Based on the numbers that I saw on Friday (March 25), the county would be down about $1.5 million," County Manager Daniel Palmer said. "Their 2 percent cut at the state level would basically represent a 10 percent increase in our county tax levy."

Palmer also said that he was under the impression that the proposed 2 percent tax cap for local municipalities and schools was off the table, with board chairman Randy Douglas confirming that statement.

"The tax cap was removed after a push in the statehouse because there is no relief from the unfunded mandates that have been placed on us," Douglas said. "But we need to hold on because this debate will be coming back."

After state leaders agreed to a budget proposal March 27, it was expected that the state budget would be adopted by the assembly and senate by the April 1 deadline.

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