Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties are doing better than last year in sales tax collections, according to third-quarter sales tax figures released this week by the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Statewide collections were $8.9 billion, 5.21 percent, or $438.3 million, higher than the first nine months of 2012.
Rockland in particular is faring better, with 11.6 million — 9.13 percent — more in sales taxes through the end of September than in 2012. That was $139.2 million in the first nine months of 2013 compared to $127.6 million in 2012.
Westchester had the next highest increase — 6.2 percent, or $21.3 million. The total was $364.5 million in 2013 compared to $343.3 million last year.
The increase for Putnam was 4.3 percent, or $1.6 million. The county collected $39.9 million in sales taxes through the third quarter, up from $38.3 million last year at this time.
While all the cities with sales taxes in the region are doing better this year than in 2012, Mount Vernon and Yonkers had particularly high improvements, state figures show. Mount Vernon collected 8.2 percent more through the third quarter than during the same period last year, for a total of $13.9 million.
Yonkers brought in 6.7 percent more than in the first nine months of 2012, for a total of $31.6 million. Yonkers special district had the same percentage increase, for a total of $21 million, according to the Department of Taxation and Finance.
White Plains’ sales tax collections were 2.2 percent — $795,623 — higher than last year at this time, for a total of $37.9 million. New Rochelle’s were $19.7 million, 3.5 percent, or $657,715, more than the first nine months of 2012.