St. Lawrence County is still trying to get a higher sales tax, this time by pledging an eight percent levy will lead to lower property taxes.
Be careful. In a nearby county named after our third President, despite a healthy county fund balance, city residents will see their county tax bill rise by over seven percent this year, although the intracies of how such levies happen are seldom reported on.
County governments have ballooning expenses because they are the administrators of state programs like welfare and Medicaid. They also face the pension mess all local governments face.
St. Lawrence County residents will not get lower property taxes but for the next few years lawmakers will not have to vote to raise taxes or cut county jobs.
The higher sales tax takes tough decisions out of local government.
That's been my experience. I am not saying it to be mean or to pick on counties.
Watertown Daily Times | St. Lawrence County legislators work on sales tax proposal