LYONS — The question of whether the Wayne County Board of Supervisors would continue to share sales tax revenue with county school districts remained unanswered Tuesday morning.
The board’s Finance Committee had scheduled a discussion on sales tax for the end of its session, which started at 8:30 a.m. Several agenda items were taken care of, then the committee went into executive session to discuss what Chairman Bill Hammond described as litigation.
At 11:15 a.m., after an hour and 40 minutes in executive session, the committee reconvened in the board chambers upstairs in the courthouse. But that meeting lasted just seconds. Hammond offered Red Creek school district Superintendent Dave Sholes a chance to speak on the subject of sales tax sharing. Sholes said if the matter wasn’t going to be discussed, he had nothing to add. If it were to be discussed, he asked for an opportunity to offer comment.
With that, Hammond adjourned the committee meeting until Friday at 9 a.m. Hammond explained later that “some board members need to have some more time to get their questions answered. They want to get more information about sales tax distribution from our staff members.”
To date, the only numbers about potential tax savings to property owners have been produced by Ontario Supervisor Bob Kelsch, who said last Wednesday that he was working with his own calculations and sources of information.
It was Kelsch who started the debate when he made a presentation to the Finance Committee last month, predicting that town and village taxpayers would ultimately be better off if the school districts would no longer get the share of sales tax revenue that has been bestowed for 45 years. Based on his numbers, the average property owner would come out ahead because even though school taxes would probably go up, lower town and village taxes would probably offset the increase.
School districts, which would lose $5.4 million in county sales tax revenue on top of repeated pullbacks in state aid, were united in their opposition to any resolution to withdraw the sales tax revenue — a program that was set up in 1968 to help defray property taxes.

School superintendents and business owners from Wayne County plan to share their concerns about the possible loss of $5.4 million in county sales tax revenues from the 11 Wayne County school districts in a press conference tomorrow.
The event takes place Thursday, Dec. 12 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Regional Support Center in the Eisenhower Building, 131 Drumlin Court, Newark.