TOMPKINS COUNTY
             INITITATIVE TO REPEAL SALES TAX ON
                  RENEWABLE  FUELS (BIOFUELS)

      Work toward the repeal of the 4% percent  sales tax on  
    wood and wood pellets for home heating. Most counties and
    municipalities do not tax home heating fuels. There is no NY
    state sales tax on home heating fuels, so local governments
    can repeal the tax. Ithaca and Tompkins County seem to have
    overlooked this very practical  step to promote  local and
    renewable fuels. The estimated yearly sales tax revenue from
    wood and pellets is less than $40,000, a very small
    concession to local and renewable energy users.  
     Green rhetoric, hybrid TCAT buses, and solar panels on the
    County Library, should be followed with the repeal of the 4%
    sales tax by the Tompkins County Legislature. Rhetoric and
    policy should be consistent.
     Please take the time to write your Legislator, a post card sent
    today is better than a letter postponed.
     Feel free to use anything on this page
                                      Henry Huizinga



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 Dear Legislator________

     Please repeal the 4% sales tax on renewable fuels such as firewood and
    wood pellets for residential heating. Most counties and municipalities do not tax
    home heating fuel. Ithaca and Tompkins County seem to have overlooked this
    very practical  step in efforts to promote  local and renewable fuels. I estimate
    the yearly sales tax revenue from wood and pellets to be less than $40,000, a
    very small concession to local and renewable energy users. Green rhetoric,
    hybrid TCAT buses, and solar panels on the County Library, should be
    followed with the repeal of the 4% sales tax by the Tompkins County
    Legislature. Rhetoric and policy should be consistent.
                           Sincerely,