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Renewal of extra sales tax sought

BATAVIA -- The Genesee County Legislature in a brief session Wednesday renewed its biennial request to the State Legislature for an extension of an added 1 percent sales and use tax.

The county upped its sales tax many years ago to 4 percent. The added 1 percent, which equals $3.9 million in revenue, is earmarked for capital projects and debt service.

The resolution notes that the current life of the tax expires Nov. 30 and asks that the three state legislators who represent Genesee "introduce legislation to authorize Genesee County to renew" the additional 1 percent sales tax.

Copies will go to State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, and Assemblymen Steven M. Hawley, R-Batavia, and Daniel J. Burling, R-Warsaw.

A second request to the county's state lawmakers is for the annual renewal of a 0.25 percent mortgage tax. The additional levy is to "offset expenses of the recording county clerk's office or any other county general fund purpose."

In other business, the legislators:

*Agreed to carry over to the 2009 budget $100,000 in unused microenterprise assistance money, which is administered through he Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. There were few requests by fledgling businesses for the money last year.

*Accepted $52,000 for engineering designs to construct a taxi lane to access a hangar at the county airport.

*Authorized the Sheriff's Office to purchase five vehicles at a cost of $109,696. They include a sport utility vehicle from Joe Basil Chevrolet of Depew, three law enforcement sedans from Fords National Auto Mart in New Jersey and an unmarked Chevrolet Impala from Hoselton Chevrolet of Rochester. The deals include trade-ins of five vehicles.

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