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WATERTOWN — Sales tax revenue achieved in the tri-county area in October well exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the same month in 2019.

Anticipated revenues also tallied double-digit percentage increases over October 2020 in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence, with St. Lawrence County realizing the third-highest increase of any county in the state at 30%, according to figures released Friday by the state comptroller’s office.

St. Lawrence County realized $6.5 million in anticipated sales tax revenue this October, a $1.5 million increase over October 2020. This also represents a 35%, or $1.7 million increase over revenues in October 2019.

Jefferson County saw a 14.8%, or $900,000 increase from October 2020 to this October, going from $6.2 million last year to $7.1 million this year. The county had also realized $6.2 million in revenues in October 2019.

Lewis County’s October revenues rose $200,000, or 13.7% over a year ago, going from $900,000 in October 2020 to $1.1 million this year. It had also realized revenues of $900,000 in October 2019.

Year-to-date sales tax revenues are also up by double-digit percentages in the three counties compared to 2020. Jefferson County has realized the largest increase between January and October 2020 compared to the same 10 months this year, accruing $81.6 million so far this year compared to $66.2 million last year, a 23.2%, or $15.4 million increase.

St. Lawrence County’s receipts are up $8.6 million, or 16.1% year-to-date over last year, going from $53.1 million in 2020 to $61.7 million this year. Lewis County has realized a 19.3%, or $2.1 million increase from last year, from $10.8 million on 2020 to $12.9 million this year.

Oswego County’s revenues rose by $1 million in October over the same month in October 2020, going from $3.1 million in October 2020 to $4.1 million this year, a 35.8% increase. For the year, revenues are 10.6%, or $4.3 million, rising from $40.7 million in 2020 to $45 million so far this year.

Statewide, local sales tax collections grew by 12.9% in October compared to a year ago, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said. Collections for all localities totaled more than $1.5 billion, up $175 million from October 2020.

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Tax and spend, That’s all democrats know.

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