Sales tax revenue up in Fulton County

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County’s sales tax revenue increased by over $200,000 for the second quarter of 2016, which county Treasurer Terry Blodgett says is a good sign.

“I think we’re pretty fortunate to see that,” Blodgett said Thursday. “A lot of counties aren’t seeing that.”

Blodgett said he thinks local residents have “more disposable income,” which they are using to buy gas, that in turn pumps up the sales tax figures.

The county’s second-quarter sales tax collection – for April through June – was $5.25 million. That was up by $210,364 from $5.04 million collected for the second quarter of 2015.

Blodgett last week released a comprehensive report on how the county’s municipalities fared with sales tax for the second quarter.

Overall increases in sales tax for the second quarter followed a successful first quarter in Fulton County. The county’s sales tax revenue increased by nearly $130,000 for the first three months of the year.

Revenue collected for county government itself increased by $91,655 for the second quarter -from about $3.41 million last year to $3.50 million this year.

“The total collected year to date [for the county itself] is up by $340,000, or 3.64 percent,” Blodgett said.

Second-quarter sales tax revenue for the county’s towns and villages was also increased by $118,709. The total in that category went from $1.63 million collected in 2015 to $1.75 million collected in 2016.

None of the county’s towns or villages showed a decrease in sales tax for the second quarter.

The county treasurer’s analysis of sales tax distribution in Fulton County also indicated a mixed bag of news from the Glove Cities.

The city of Gloversville’s sales tax decreased by $61,768 for the second quarter – the only decrease among Fulton County’s municipalities. Distribution was $882,982 for the second quarter of 2015 versus $821,214 for the most-recent quarter.

Gloversville Finance Commissioner Bruce VanGenderen said today he had no comment because he hasn’t seen the figures yet.

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King couldn’t be reached for comment this morning.

The city of Johnstown had an increase of $34,718 for the second quarter. That city saw its sales tax rise from $897,196 a year ago to $931,915.

Increases in the towns and villages ranged from a $13 increase in the village of Dolgeville to a $24,315 increase in the town of Johnstown.