Sales tax collection is trending upward in the city of Auburn through the third quarter of 2018 and holding relatively steady in Cayuga County.
According to the latest monthly sales tax report from the Cayuga County Treasurer's Office, the city of Auburn has collected more sales tax this year compared to last year, while the county has seen a very slight increase. Sales taxes for the towns and villages, however, have decreased.
Comparing sales tax collected through September 2017 with September of this year, the city has collected $6.19 million in sales tax revenue, or 8.25-percent more money. Auburn had ended 2017 with a 0.6-percent decrease in annual sales tax collection.
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During the second quarter of 2018, the county, towns and villages all saw a decrease in sales tax collection. Through September, the Cayuga County government has collected just over $15.5 million in sales tax revenue, a 0.01-percent increase from 2017. However, that has not translated into increases in taxes collected in the county's towns and villages. All the towns combined have seen a 4.85-percent decrease in collection, while the villages have received 4.5-percent less money.
The county and all the towns and villages split sales tax collected from purchases in the county outside of Auburn and also pay a portion to the state. With the city included, all of Cayuga County's municipalities brought in approximately $31 million in sales tax so far this year.