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NYS Comptroller talks sales tax, a Belmont woman arrested in Pennsylvania for burglary

Local sales tax collections in New York state totaled more than $5.5 billion in the second quarter of 2022 (April-June), an increase of 12.2% or nearly $604 million compared to the same quarter last year, according to a new report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. April and May collections grew by 15.7% and 16.7%, respectively, while June increased 6.5%, marking the first time since March 2021 that the overall monthly year-over-year growth dipped below double-digits.

“Local sales tax collections continue to show positive results, but the lower growth in June bears watching,” DiNapoli said. “The slowdown reflects, in part, the temporary reduction in local sales taxes on gasoline in 24 counties, along with a possible return to more typical growth rates after the dips and rebounds caused by the COVID pandemic.”

DiNapoli noted second quarter growth over last year continued to be strong in New York City, while growth in the rest of the state slowed. Most of the decreases were seen in upstate counties whose collections, for the most part, had rebounded quickly after the first wave of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 and went on to experience significant growth up until recently. 

Burglary with catastrophe in PA

A Belmont, NY woman faces multiple felony counts stemming from an incident June 7 in Harrison Township, Potter County. Pennsylvania State Police filed a criminal complaint against 39-year-old Melissa Marie Truax charging her with a grade 1 felony of burglary involving an occupied structure, two grade 3 felonies including criminal trespass-entering a structure and the summary offense criminal mischief – catastrophe. Court action is pending. 

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