Local governments and even the Chamber of Commerce are begging for the higher tax rate based on a promise by the County to lower the property tax levy over the next five years. Local governments who now get half of the local share of sales tax would end up with a smaller percentage of a bigger pie, but for them that does mean more dollars which makes their budgeting easier.
County Manager Karen St. Hilaire and the County Legislature
Lobby for Higher Taxes
It's unknown if the Governor will support the local tax hike but if all the local governments are asking for it, I suspect he will.
For residents of the Big County examining their small paychecks due to the recent federal FICA tax hike, its one more reduction in their family spending power.
However, higher sales tax cuts evenly across the board, meaning it's a way to spread the tax burden to classes of people paying little or no property tax. In other words, making the poor pay their fair share, if you will.
What will happen is what happens in Jefferson and all other counties. The extra money allows for a temporary reduction in property tax levies until the new revenue stream is absorbed over the next three or four years. Then the property tax levy will start increasing again.
If and when it is enacted, the state representitives will be able to say they are doing the will of the people, or at least the will as expressed by local elected bodies.
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