Supervisors agree to extend sales tax hike

NORWICH Chenango County supervisors have agreed to collect the special 1 percent sales tax that was implemented in 2002 in order to afford the new jail and public safety facility.

The measure comes before the board every two years for consideration. The collection is scheduled to end in 2011.

The additional tax was imposed in 2002 to afford the $26 million Chenango County Public Safety Facility that opened in 2006 in the Town of Norwich. At the time, only members of the Green Party protested the hike, saying an 8 percent sales tax might deter people from purchasing homes and discourage businesses from moving into the area.

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