MAYVILLE – The Sales tax in Chautauqua County remain at 7.5 percent. That after the Chautauqua County Legislature last night voted in favor of a resolution that authorizes the county retain it’s local sales tax of 3.5 percent.
Currently under state law, 4 percent of all sales tax collected goes to the state, while 3 percent stays with the local government. However, in 2006 the state had given the county approval to have an additional .5 percent added to its local share. As a result, the total sales tax in the county has been 7.5 percent and last night’s resolution will allow that to continue.
According to the Post-Journal, the vote to maintain the 7.5 percent sales tax passed 22-3. The legislators voting against it were Lori Cornell, Vicki James and Tim Hoyer – all of Jamestown. This did not go unnoticed by County Executive Greg Edwards. He’s quoted as saying the revenue from the additional .5 percent in sales tax provides nearly $530,000 in additional money just for the city of Jamestown, so the three lawmakers from Jamestown were voting against a much needed revenue stream for the city.