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Villages regain some of shrunken sales tax share

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Village of Medina is home to many restaurants and businesses that generate sales tax. Medina’s sales tax share, however, has dropped from $160,988 in 2013 to $153,811 in 2018.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 December 2017 at 8:12 pm

After seeing $25K decline from 2013 to 2017, county formula gives villages $3K more in 2018

The four villages in Orleans County will get a little more in the local sales tax next year, according to the 2018 apportionment approved by the County Legislature on Wednesday.

The villages saw their share take a hit by $25,000 from 2013 to 2017, falling from $404,661 in 2013 to $379,265 for 2017. Next year the four villages – Albion, Holley, Lyndonville and Medina – will collectively receive $382,240.

The county receives about $15 million in sales tax annually, and shares $1,366,671 with the four villages and 10 towns. They have been frozen at that level since 2001.

Once a decade that share is set based on local population. However, each year after that the share is modified based on the assessed values of towns with villages. If a town with a village grows its tax base faster than the rate in a village, that town will get more sales tax – by taking some of the village’s.

That is what has been happening almost every year since 2001. Most of the new development is just outside the village borders.

The villages this time were able to pass the rate of assessment growth in the towns.

Here are how much the villages will receive in sales tax in 2018:

Albion – $167,203 ($164,617 in 2017) and $180,457 in 2013.

Holley – $45,878 ($45,671 in 2017) and $47,595 in 2013.

Lyndonville – $15,349 ($15,316 in 2017) and $15,626 in 2013

Medina –$153,811 ($153,661 in 2017) and $160,988 in 2013.

Here are the town shares for 2018:

Albion – $122,468 ($124,978 in 2017) and $111,754 in 2013.

Barre – $64,536 (no change because no village)

Carlton – $95,418 (no change because no village)

Clarendon – $116,261 (no change because no village)

Gaines – $87,858 ($87,933 in 2017) and $85,317 in 2013.

Kendall – $86,813 (no change because no village)

Murray – $113,089 ($113,295 in 2017) and $111,372 in 2013.

Ridgeway – $128,868 ($129,171 in 2017) and $123,488 in 2013.

Shelby – $102,913 ($102,760 in 2017) and $101,116 in 2013.

Yates – $66,206 ($66,239 in 2017) and $65,929 in 2013.

The villages received more back in 2001, when the amount was frozen collectively to the 10 towns and four villages. The village share peaked at $211,669 for Albion in 2004 (down $44,466 to $167,203 in 2018). Medina dropped $19,781 from $173,592 in 2002 to –$153,811 in 2018.

Holley hit a high of $62,549 in 2002 – 16 years later it’s down by $16,671 to $45,878. Lyndonville was at $18,592 in 2002 and has slid to $15,349 in 2018.

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