Pressing forward for a 50/50 sales tax split

By Brandi Bailey

Pressing forward for a 50/50 sales tax split

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Some local leaders continue to push for a faster return to a 50/50 sales tax split between Broome County and municipal governments.

In 2009 the county put a cap on the share cities and towns would get, which allowed the county to capture more surplus from sales tax growth.

Broome legislative minority leader Dan Reynolds says now four years later that it's time to go back to a down the middle split.

He's filing a resolution to bring the issue up for the May session.

Reynolds says this past year alone, municipalities missed out on an excess of $1- million each. That money could have been used instead of raising local taxes.

"The county has taken in over $12 million in distributions that would have otherwise gone to the municipalities, towns and villages,"Reynolds said.

Broome County's Deputy Executive John Bernardo says, "Debbie Preston is running the County the way it needs to be run - like a business and with a long-term plan. We're committed to return to a 50/50 sales tax split over the coming years in a fiscally responsible manner..."