County Sales Tax Collections Down In 2009

Oswego County’s sales tax collections were down in 2009, but it could have been worse.

The county’s collections dropped 0.8% from 2008 to 2009.  That’s a drop of more than $282,000.  The county took in $35,198,421 in 2009.

How could it have been worse?  Oswego could have been just about any other county in the state. (See the full report here.)

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said 53 of 57 counties saw sales tax declines.  And three of the four counties that saw increases did so because of irregularities, such as collection of overdue sales taxes from 2008.

Oswego County had the second smallest decline in 2009 among all counties.  The average decline statewide was 5.9%.

Overall, the state took in nearly $700 million less through sales taxes than in 2008.