NY comptroller: Growth in state sales tax collections slowing to 1.6% in first half of 2015

The New York state Comptroller's Office reports that the growth in local sales tax collections has slowed to 1.6 percent for the first half of this year.

The report Friday says that's down from 3 percent growth last year and the 4.2 percent average over the past 15 years.

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County sales tax collections, excluding cities, rose 0.5 percent for the first half of this year, with many seeing declines.

New York City's collections rose $91 million, or 2.7 percent, down from 4.8 percent growth in the same six months of 2014.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the trend could pose financial challenges for local governments across the state.