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Store explains sales tax distribution

UPI News Service, 03/25/2006 

A bookseller in the Buffalo, N.Y., area is clarifying for its customers where their sales tax money goes.

Mike Gurr, who manages the mobile book store Books N More of WNY, says he started more than a year ago to explain to customers where the 8.75 percent sales tax collected by retailers is distributed.

Receipts from Gurr show the amount of Gov. George "Pataki's tax" -- 4 percent to the state of New York -- and Erie County Executive Joel "Giambra's tax" -- 4.75 percent to Erie County -- the Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Saturday.

"It kind of surprised me. I thought it was pretty funny," said Sandra Wilson, who recently bought copies of "Treasure Island" and "Swiss Family Robinson" and was charged $8.98 for the two books -- plus 36 cents state sales tax and 43 cents county sales tax.

"A lot of people laugh when they see it," Gurr told The News. "A lot of people chuckle, or say 'I've never seen that before.'"

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