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Sales tax was crucial for city of Canandaigua

Members of City Council, first faced with a hefty property tax levy increase for next year, are now expected next week to adopt a proposed 2020 budget in which the tax increase falls below the state-imposed property tax cap.

Better-than-expected sales tax revenue has, in the words of City Manager John Goodwin, “bought us another year.”

Sales tax is coming in at a little over 3 percent over what was budgeted for last year, allowing more of the fund balance — essentially the city’s savings bank account — to be applied to offset the tax levy and ultimately, tax rate increases for 2020, Goodwin said.

“Sales tax came in and really saved the day,” Goodwin said.

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