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October 20, 2012

Area employers react to tax study

Report ranks N.Y. 50th out of 50 for business climate

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Interskate 88 owner Eric Nelson said high tax rates help create an environment that is unfavorable for business. He would like to see all taxes lowered. The roller-skating rink employs about 10 in season.

L&J Consultants owner John Marano said, “It’s hard to do business in New York state, and it’s not getting better.”

He is the sole proprietor of the Internet consulting and Web design company he runs out of his Trout Creek home. While business taxes don’t affect him as much as they would a bigger company, “it can be very enticing to pick up your business and move.”

USA Custom Pad in Sidney owner Eric Wilson said his biggest complaint is property taxes. He is a member of the Sidney Town Board. Part of the reason he got involved in local government was to keep those taxes down, he said. He lived in Virginia before moving back to Sidney in 1991. His house there was of equal value but taxed about one-quarter of what it would be here.

His business employs about 40 and manufactures custom journals and notepads. Wilson said he pays more than $20,000 in taxes on his property in the Sidney Industrial Park in the village.

The state needs to come up with something that will give businesses an incentive to grow, he said. While he knows of others who have moved, “there are always challenges when you do that.”

Factors such as training and relocation costs would make it difficult for his business to do so.

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