Upstate New York sees spike in sales tax revenue; Rockland has modest increase

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced this week that overall local sales tax collections for calendar year 2017. Rockland County’s sales tax revenue increased 2 percent from $205 to $209 million. 

Sales tax totaled $16.6 billion across New York State, an increase of $620 million, or 3.9 percent over the previous year, marking the highest year-over-year growth statewide since 2013. New York City’s sales tax receipts went up 4.4 percent, while upstate saw a well-needed boom. 

At 4.9 percent, the Finger Lakes outperformed every other region in the state. Other upstate regions that performed well were Central New York, the Southern Tier and the Mohawk Valley, all with annual increases exceeding 4 percent.

The Capital District saw a 2.8 percent increase and the Western New York regions 3.1 percent. Downstate, the Long Island and Mid-Hudson regions saw their year-over-year collections grow by 3.3 and 3.2 percent, respectively.  Sales tax trends in the Hudson Valley were all over the map, with Putnam County seeing a decrease of 0.45 percent, the City of White Plains a decrease of 2 percent and the City of Mount Vernon an increase of 8.4 percent. 

From Office of NYS Comptroller