WATERLOO — Seneca County showed the third-highest increase in the state in sales tax collected for the first three quarters of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.
The state Department of Taxation & Finance issued a report on the sales tax collections for all 57 counties and the five boroughs of New York City.
For the first three quarters of 2016, Seneca County collected $17.18 million. For the same period this year, the county collected $18.73 million, an increase of $1.55 million or 9 percent.
The only two counties showing a larger increase were Oswego at 12.5 percent and Cayuga with 10.2 percent.
Yates County showed a 4 percent rise, Wayne County was up 2.6 percent and Ontario County was up 2.3 percent.
The sales tax report was given to the Board of Supervisors at Saturday’s 2018 budget work session.
A major reason for Seneca County’s increase could be the opening of the del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre in 2017. The $445 million project opened the casino Feb. 1 and the resort hotel opened July 1.
The New York State Association of Counties issued a statement that the average increase per county was 3.7 percent, with only five counties showing less sales tax revenue compared to the first three quarters of 2016.
Seneca County relies on sale tax revenue for 37 percent of its budget revenue. Property taxes pay for 14 percent of the county budget.