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Seneca County approves sharing sales tax surplus funds with towns, villages

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On Tuesday, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors advanced a local law that could potentially distribute surplus sales tax revenue, beyond the budgeted forecasts, to the county’s towns and villages.

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As per the legislation, if actual sales tax revenue exceeds the budgeted estimate for a given year, the county would first retain the initial $750,000 of the surplus. Any amount beyond this would then be allocated to the county’s 10 towns and four villages, with the stipulation that such distribution cannot exceed 10% of the actual sales tax revenue from the previous budget year.

The allocation would be calculated based on the assessed value of a town or village relative to the total county’s assessed value.

The board has scheduled a public hearing for the proposed law at 6 p.m. on November 14 at the Three Bears county courthouse in Ovid. If the proposal gains approval, the sharing of the sales tax would commence in 2025.