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Cuomo Signs Off On Westchester County Sales Tax Increase

July 01, 2019 - 1:29 pm

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday signed new legislation that will boost Westchester’s sales tax.

Beginning Aug. 1, shoppers in the 41 municipalities in the county will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets when sales tax goes up by 1 percent to 8.375 percent.

County Executive George Latimer says the tradeoff is freezing the county portion of residents’ property tax for two years.

“Most of time, the sale tax rise is almost imperceptible. Any day of the week that I can make you pay a penny on a dollar in sales tax and save your property tax from going up, that is a reasonable trade,” the county executive said.

An extra penny on a dollar is expected to generate an additional $58 million for the rest of the year.

Latimer says 30 percent will be shared with municipalities and school districts, and the county will also build up its rainy day fund and stop one-shop revenue deals to balance budgets.