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Supervisors can’t agree on sales tax sharing terms: Proposal heads back to committee

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The Seneca County Board of Supervisors has deferred for the fourth time a decision on a proposal to share county sales tax revenue with local towns and villages.


At the board’s June 13 meeting, when the resolution to distribute a part of the county’s $31 million in sales tax revenue was presented, Supervisor Ernie Brownell suggested the proposal be referred back to a special committee due to proposed amendments.

This prompted an intense debate on the issue.


The idea of sharing surplus sales tax revenue has been a contentious issue among the county’s supervisors for years.

Barnhart’s motion to amend the resolution with a revised sharing plan was approved, but the amended resolution failed to secure the needed votes for passage. A subsequent vote sent the resolution back to the Ways & Means Committee for further refinement.