I would like to make a small but notable correction to Mr. Klein's Aug. 7 article regarding Hamilton County's upcoming sales tax increase.
Mr. Klein writes, "Hamilton County could see its total sales tax rise from 7 to 8 percent before the end of this year."
According to a search I did on the New York State Assembly website that allowed me to review and study AS07020, I can with 100 percent certainty say Hamilton County will see its total sales tax rise from 7 to 8 percent before the end of this year; to be more accurate, the date is Dec. 1, 2013.
Unless deemed to be in contradiction to New York's and/or the United States Constitution, as of Dec. 1, 2013 all persons -- Hamilton County residents and non-Hamilton County residents alike -- will be paying 1 percent more in sales tax [on taxable items purchased within the county] from the dates of Dec. 1, 2013 to Dec. 1, 2015.
Jamie Waller Jr.
Editor's Note: As Mr. Klein wrote, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors must pass a resolution to raise the sales tax before it can go into effect. That said, the board will almost certainly do so, as it petitioned the state Legislature for the increase.