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Suffolk County Sales Tax Collection Hits $1.5B, Highest In State

Stew Milne
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Suffolk County continues to lead New York in collection of local sales tax. That’s according to a reportreleased this week by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  

Suffolk County collected $1.5 billion in 2019 – 3.6% more than the year before. 

Collections across the state totaled more than $18 billion last year. 

Local sales tax rates are not the same statewide. New York City, Lower Hudson Valley and Long Island collect an additional rate that supports state-run commuter transportation.

Counties with higher population and more economic activity collect more in local sales taxes.

Westchester County had the largest year-over-year change at 12.6%.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.