Feb 14 Sales tax collections by New York cities
and counties grew in 2012 by just 3.3 percent, or $450 million,
adding pressure to strained local budgets, state Comptroller
Thomas DiNapoli said on Thursday.
The sluggish growth in local sales tax collections last year
compares to growth of 5.0 percent in 2011, 9.9 percent in 2010
and a 15-year average annual growth rate of 4.4 percent, he said
in a report.
The report excluded New York City, which had sales tax
revenue growth of 3.5 percent in 2012, down from 6.1 percent
growth in 2011.
In New York's southwestern section, along the border with
Pennsylvania, comparisons were hurt by a boost in sales tax
collections in the third quarter of 2011 related to Tropical
On Long Island, which encompasses the suburbs east of New
York City, sales tax collections were depressed by Superstorm
Sandy in the fourth quarter of 2012, growing by only 1.1
percent, DiNapoli's report said.
Long Island is expected to see a boost in the early part of
2013 as the region recovers from the deadly storm, which hit in
late October, the report said.