County sales tax revenue mostly stagnant


The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN – Gloversville started the year with strong numbers, although Fulton County’s overall sales tax revenue for the first quarter of 2013 was fairly stagnant.

Overall, the county’s first-quarter sales tax dropped by about $37,000 from the same time a year ago.

“It really didn’t move a lot,” County Treasurer Terry Blodgett said this week.

Gloversville, however, saw a hefty $235,232 increase in sales tax to start the year. Officials say it could be associated with contractors buying local materials for the ongoing construction of the new Walmart Supercenter at South Kingsboro Avenue Extension.

“I think part of [the sales-tax increase] comes from the construction for Walmart,” Gloversville Mayor Dayton King said today. “It’s hard to lock that down.”

Blodgett noted last year was a “pretty good” sales tax year for Fulton County, but it didn’t fare well in the first quarter of 2013.

In 2012, the county saw its sales tax revenue rise each quarter, though the increases tapered off by the end of the year: In the first quarter, it was up $152,418; in the second, $425,060; in the third quarter, $4,840; and in the fourth quarter, $36,000.

The county treasurer this week provided first-quarter 2013 figures that showed Fulton County’s overall sales-tax revenue was $4.15 million – down by $37,404 from about $4.19 million received in the same period of 2012.

Gloversville’s sales tax increased from $528,015 for the first quarter of 2012 to $763,247 for the first quarter of 2013.

The sales-tax picture in the city of Johnstown was good, too, but less dramatic. The city recorded a $20,224 revenue boost in the first quarter, from $803,899 collected a year ago to $824,123.

The portion of sales tax the county claims for itself increased by $109,026 for the quarter. It went from $2.76 million a year ago to $2.87 million for the first quarter.

Among the county’s towns and villages, sales tax dropped by $146,430 – from $1.43 million a year ago to $1.28 million for the first quarter.

Sales tax revenues in the first quarter among Fulton County’s other municipalities were as follows:

-?Bleecker: $52,574, down by $6,176.

-?Broadalbin (town): $158,988, down by $17,552.

-?Broadalbin (village): $31,700, down by $3,627.

-?Broadalbin (village portion in Mayfield): $372, down by $62.

-?Caroga: $146,261, down by $6,400.

-?Ephratah: $38,773, down by $4,136.

-?Johnstown (town): $208,409, down by $21,142.

-?Mayfield (town): $217,031, down by $33,900.

-?Mayfield (village): $20,936, down by $3,315.

-?Northampton: $150,866, down by $19,299.

-?Northville: $45,212, down by $6,118.

-?Oppenheim: $48,695, down by $6,216.

-?Perth: $108,258, down by $12,430.

-?Stratford: $52,630, down by $6,051.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at