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Comptroller: Sales tax collections up 5 percent

ALBANY — Local sales tax collections statewide were boosted last year in part by spending after Superstorm Sandy and rose $739 million, or 5.2 percent, exceeding the previous year’s increase, the New York comptroller reported Thursday.

In the annual report, state tax data from all 62 counties showed New York City was responsible for much of the gain, with sales taxes up $406 million, or 6.8 percent.

That’s partly due to rebuilding after Sandy, though collections from retail sales have rebounded significantly in the city since the recession, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. They’re up almost 38 percent since 2009.

“This is welcome news for our municipalities and comes at a time when local revenues have been experiencing little to no growth,” DiNapoli said. “The majority of the increase appears to stem from storm cleanup, which gives these communities a short-term boost.”

Overall, including the state’s 57 other counties, sales taxes have risen 25.4 percent since 2009 to $14.9 billion last year.