Sales tax beats expectations, county officials say

BEEKMANTOWN-Towns and villages in Clinton County are significantly ahead of projected sales tax revenue, according to County Legislator E. Tom Sears, R-Area 3, who spoke from the audience at the Beekmantown town council meeting May 16.

Clinton County finance manager Greg Bell said towns and villages in the county were $259,563.25 ahead of projected sales tax revenue through April. Projections had placed revenues through April at $3,162,125, though in reality they amounted to $3,421,688.25. There was $409,289.16 more actual revenue through April this year than there was in 2010.

Bell was unsure to what to attribute the increase. Still, he said an increase in visitors, largely from Canada, likely played a part.

In other regular business:

• The town is looking for cheaper contract quotes to light the town hall building using more energy-efficient technology. According to Town Supervisor Dennis Relation, the town had found an attractive quote but the contractor offering it had not used prevailing wage rates in the calculation. When the contractor did so, the quote nearly doubled. As a result, Relation said he was investigating whether other contractors might offer cheaper quotes. New York State Electric and Gas provides 70 percent reimbursement for this type of remodeling, according to Relation. Additionally, he said, new technology would save the town money and actually offer better lighting.

• Discussion of purchasing a new pickup truck for the highway department was tabled until the next meeting, since the highway superintendent,Roger Perry, was not present. Councilperson Sydney Sue Garrant, among others, had questions regarding the purchase, such as why the desired truck would run on diesel as opposed to gasoline.

The board's next regularly scheduled meeting Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m.

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