Broome County falls short in sales tax revenue

By Kelly McCarthy
By Anna Norris

May 29, 2014 Updated May 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Broome County is dealing with a shortfall in sales tax revenue for its first quarter.

The county took in $2.5 million less than projected for first quarter revenue.

Broome County Officials blame the shortfalls on a harsh winter, expired unemployment benefits and a reduction in Pa. gas drilling.

The county originally projected $31.5 million for the first quarter because records showed Broome had rebounded in sales tax revenue since the flood of 2011. Records also showed a one percent spending increase.

"In our calculations, we did factor in that the flood money would finally go away, so that was calculated in there. It's just, we've seen a decline the last two quarters," said Marie Kalka, Broome County Budget Director.

County officials said they are creating a plan that will not have any negative impacts on public safety or public health and only minimal impacts on taxpayers.

More specifically, the county expects to make up for the lost money by holding off on filling vacant positions, cutting back on summer help in the parks and highway departments and moving the Family First Program to a new location at the social services department.