Sales tax changes could affect Salina property taxes

The ongoing conversation regarding the Onondaga County sales tax agreement is yet to be capped. The town of Salina will see a difference in their municipality, like all other towns and villages.

However, the town takes the shared revenue as a sales credit that is ultimately used to offset property taxes for Salina homeowners. The village of Fabius also practices this use of sales tax in its municipality.

The town receives approximately $7 million from county sales tax as a credit.

"We never see that money," said Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra. "The taxes are a sales credit so it doesn't affect our operating budget."

Because the sales credit was used to offset property taxes, residents will see about $502 more on their county property tax bill if the new agreement dissolves sharing with the county's towns.

For example, Salina homeowners who paid $1,500 in county property taxes on a $100,000 assessment last year could possibly pay $2,002 in the future because of the loss of the sales tax credit.

Since the Sales Tax Review Committee is continuing discussions and the Onondaga County Legislature's next meeting is scheduled for April 15, municipalities are left with an "unknown," until then.

"We'll see what plan they unveil," Nicotra said. "The towns understand there's going to be change."

In worse case scenario, Nicotra said he "would hope that the town gets less instead of nothing at all."

Salina Town Board

At the Salina Town Board meeting Monday night April 12, a resolution was approved for the purchase of county land located adjacent to the landfill on 7th North Street.

The $1 purchase was approved by the county legislature last week in order for the town to begin remediation in the area.

A temporary road closure was also approved for the opening day of the Mattydale Hinsdale Little League scheduled for May 8.

The road closure will be effective from 9:45 to 11 a.m. on East Molloy Road from Route 11 to Northwood Ave.

The Town Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday April 26

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