Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell (D-Theresa) announced the Assembly passed legislation she sponsored allowing Jefferson County to continue its current 3.75 percent sales tax rate until Nov. 30, 2011 (A.6295). This rate, enacted in 2004, will expire Nov. 30. The bill passed the Jefferson County Legislature on Feb. 3 (Resolution No. 32 – Gray) and was sent to Albany for state approval. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate on May 26, sponsored by Senator Darrel Aubertine (S.3737) and now will be sent to the governor for final approval.
“Jefferson County is currently facing a large budget shortfall,” Assemblywoman Russell said. “If the county is unable to continue this current tax rate, it is projected to loose over $10 million in revenue, further adding to its deficit and forcing reductions in services, layoffs or increases in property taxes. This legislation is critical to the protection of local property tax payers.”