Sales tax collections for the first quarter of 2013 are up significantly in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties compared to last year, according to data released today by the state Department of Taxation and Finance.
Statewide, tax collections were $2.8 billion, 3.91 percent more than January through March 2012. The state’s share was $2.8 billion and the local share was $3.6 billion.
Putnam County collected $12.7 million during the three months, 4.02 percent higher, or $490,782 more, than the same period last year. Rockland brought in $44.8 million, a jump 6.66 percent, or $2.8 million. Westchester’s sales tax collections totaled $122.4 million, 5.08 percent ($5.9 million) more than last year.
Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers, which charge additional sales taxes. White Plains and New Rochelle had modest increases — 0.71 percent more, for a total of $13 million for the quarter, for White Plains, and 0.59 percent more in New Rochelle, for a total of $6.4 million.
Mount Vernon and Yonkers had much greater growth over the first quarter of 2012, state records show. Mount Vernon’s collections totaled $4.8 million, 9.74 percent higher than last year. Yonkers brought in $10.8 million, an increase of 7.71 percent.