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GENESEE COUNTY FOLLOWS RULES FOR RAISING SALES TAX

The Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday completed a state-required home-rule procedure to add 1 percent to the county sales and base tax for the next two years.

The one-fourth of the 4 percent levy brings in $3.4 million earmarked by the county for debt reduction and capital projects.

The balance is shared with other municipalities in the county. Sales tax revenue for 2005 is estimated at $14 million.

The Legislature also adopted several resolutions related to a long-range plan to improve and expand the county airport.

A current five-year, $5 million project, financed with federal funds, is highlighted by an 1,100-foot extension to the 4,400-foot runway.

The legislators approved the development of a terminal area plan that will in the next decade provide further expansion and improvements.

In other business, the Legislature:

Agreed to establish a capital information and technology project costing $121,000. The money will come from the added 1 percent sales tax.

Accepted a $105,000 grant from the State Health Department to continue for one year a drinking water enhancement program.

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