The proposed sales tax increase in St. Lawrence County is just that. A tax increase.
That's OK if that's what you want to allow the County to continue providing services at present levels with relatively stable property taxes for the next few years.
It's the politics that's difficult, because no matter how you frame it, it will be the biggest single tax increase in county history, if someone wants to use it against you.
Getting all sorts of assurances about offsetting other taxes is a parlor game to inocculate against future opponents.
In fact, isn't the county legislator negotiating all this with Senator Ritchie related to her opponent in the last election ?
It's going to pass. The current dance is part of the exercise.
Watertown Daily Times | Ritchie meets with St. Lawrence County on sales tax