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County to Give Villages Sales Tax Revenue After All

Earlier this year, as county officials grappled with how to close a projected deficit in the county budget, one of the measures that were being considered was not granting the villages a stipend that represents a small percentage of sales tax revenue that is generated in the villages.

When the Village of Mineola Board of Trustees passed an operating budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which begins June 1, 2009 and ends May 31, 2010, in April, the village’s budget did not include the sales tax revenue from the county.

However, the Nassau County Legislature recently voted not to withhold the stipend from the villages and the villages will, therefore, be seeing that revenue.

As a result of the measure to continue the Local Government Assistance Program, the Village of Mineola is expected to receive $53,487 and the Village of Williston Park is expected to receive $20,192. The Town of North Hempstead is expected to receive $10,027,583.

Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, who represents the area, believes that the county should not cut the villages out and created an economic hardship for the villages. Also, he said, “The Village of Mineola, for example, with its business district, generates substantial sales for the county so the village should be able to share in the sales taxes that come in.”

—  Joe Rizza