Tax-free week only a partial break for Westchester residents

Starting Tuesday and running through Labor Day, New York State is waiving its 4.25 percent sales tax. However, in 13 counties, including Westchester, shoppers will still have to pay local sales taxes.The local taxes vary from city to city. In White Plains, shoppers will have to pay a 3.75 percent sales tax. In New Rochelle, Yonkers and Mount Vernon, customers will be paying 4.25 percent. Westchester officials say that waiving the local taxes would cost the county nearly a million dollars, and that money is desperately needed in the county budget. Officials say sales tax revenue offsets the need to increase property taxes or decrease county services.The state's decision to waive sales tax this week comes just in time for back-to-school shopping, and it is hoped the move will help boost New York's economy. The tax break applies to clothing and footwear priced under $110.

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