Bloomberg, Quinn Agree on Budget; Sales Tax Up, Luxury Taxes Out
The city sales tax jumps a half-a-percentage-point jump in sales tax to 8.875, and tax exemptions on clothes over $110 and energy purchased from non-utility companies are repealed. Also, "loopholes" are closed. The city is going through with some promised business tax breaks, including reductions in the Unincorporated Business Tax agreed upon earlier and no new luxury taxes.
But Bloomberg warned that "this may not be the last word on this year's budget" if the economy gets worse. Also there is the matter of an actual city council vote, but with the speaker lined up, that is expected to be no problem.