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Jefferson County sales tax take down five quarters in a row; budget off by more than $700K in 2013

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Jefferson County missed its budget mark by more than $700,000 in 2013 and was down more than $550,000 from its 2012 sales tax take, according to figures provided by Jefferson County Board of Legislators Finance and Rules Committee Chairman Scott A. Gray, R-Watertown.

But perhaps of greater concern, according to Mr. Gray, is the downward trend for the tax, which has been sliding away from estimates for the last five quarters in the longest stretch of negative adjustments since 2008-09.

“...We are not faring as well as the balance of the state in collections. We were outperforming the state in 2010, 11 & 12 and now we are lagging. A reason for concern — yes certainly,” Mr. Gray said in an email to legislators.

The county fell short of making its budget this year by $708,195 and saw a decrease in sales tax revenue of $550,849 from 2012, Mr. Gray told legislators.

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