If the state's sales tax exemption on clothing (4%) attracts Canadian shoppers even more than they are now attracted, that's great and it will help hold down property taxes in NNY.
When the City of Watertown crows about its tax rate being stable, or when local towns trumpet their lack of a town tax on property, its largely because of the impact of Canadian shoppers who drive sales tax collections on the local level.
It truly is a case of visitors helping to pay for local government and this makes our area something of an anomaly.
So when the call comes to exempt clothing from the local share (3.75%) of the sales tax, that should be ignored.
If the county wants to drop the overall rate, that case can be made, but the case for exempting the one product that is attracting out of area dollars is short sighted.
If you want to help local folks, get rid of those gross receipt taxes on energy. That's one that solely hits NNY families.
Media barons and a couple of local pols will push for clothing exemption. Their call should be rejected.
Watertown Daily Times | Sales-tax break on clothing will drive up Canadian shopping in north country, retailers say