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Statement in Response to Call for Cap on Gas Tax

Monticello, NY – District 1 Sullivan County Legislator Robert A. Doherty today released the following statement in response to Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther’s call for Sullivan County to adopt a temporary cap on the taxes it collects on sales of gasoline:

“It is unfortunate that the Assemblywoman does not understand that we are a sales tax-based economy. By cutting that sales tax – even for a temporary period – we are cutting critical revenues during our busiest time of year, which will most assuredly lead to financial hardships for the rest of the year.

These revenues go towards providing services and programs that our taxpayers rely on. Exchanging those for short-term savings is shortsighted and a knee-jerk reaction that will ultimately cost taxpayers far more than a few cents at the pump.

These challenging times demand fiscal responsibility, not election-year politics.”