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Counties want answers on tax questions

State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is confident lawmakers will approve the extension of two local taxes that Yates County officials depend on for over $3 million in revenue to help pay for local services.

“I fully expect that we will have to get called back. It’s too big of an issue for it not to get done,” said Palmesano Monday.

Now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called the legislators back to session, county officials around the state are calling for a permanent resolution.

Tuesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an extraordinary legislative session for 1 p.m. June 28 to enact legislation to extend mayoral control of the New York city school district for an additional year and other business, which would likely include the tax extensions.

New York State Association of Counties Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario commented, “NYSAC calls on the members of the State Assembly and Senate to provide counties with permanent authority to continue their current sales tax rates, a local home rule revenue authority New York City was granted nearly a decade ago, but has not been provided to counties. These local sales tax revenues enable counties and other local governments that receive a share of these revenues, to pay for state-mandated programs and provide critical local services that would otherwise disappear.

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