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The Associated Press June 20, 2011, 11:00AM ET

NY's Ulster County fears inaction on sales tax

Among the groups pleading with New York State lawmakers to pass key legislation before they head home for the summer are Ulster County leaders who want a sales tax extension.

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Kingston City Mayor James Sottile, and Shawangunk Town Supervisor John Valk joined in a bi-partisan effort Sunday to implore the Assembly to pass a bill extending an extra 1 percent county sales tax for two years. The Senate has already approved it. The measure brings the total county tax to 4 percent.

The leaders say failure to pass the legislation will cost the county and towns $24 million in revenue.

Hein says Ulster County tourism is a $400 million industry and generates a large percentage of sales tax revenue used to offset increases to local property taxes. The county is in the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains regions. The county seat, Kingston, is the original state capitol of New York.

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