Essex County approves sales tax increase

“This will give businesses enough time to switch over their machines,” he said.

Some supervisors expressed their approval for the resolution before voting.

“A tax is a tax, but this is certainly not as regressive as property tax is,” Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “I am sure none of us want to impose an additional tax, but this is a much more fair way to do so.”

“I can’t ever remember personally saying that I would rather go to this restaurant and eat because it is only at 7.75 percent instead of 8,” Newcomb Supervisor George Canon said.

“This is not something that Gov. Cuomo took lightly,” Board Chair and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas said. “This is one that we felt that home rule was important. He reached out to truly understand what this meant to small communities like ours.”

Douglas also thanked the local state representatives for helping to get the measure signed by Cuomo, including Sen. Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec and former Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. He also thanked Manning, Palmer and County Treasurer Michael Diskin for their involvement.

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