Financial officials with the county, which includes the city of Buffalo, tell the Buffalo News that sales tax receipts for 2011 increased by 4.5 per cent to just under $401 million.
County officials attribute much of the growth to strong retail sales fuelled by Canadian shoppers.
A recent report by the county comptroller's office projects that the county would end 2011 with a $26 million budgetary surplus once the year's finances are tallied.
Sales tax revenue in the Buffalo area has fluctuated in recent years as the economy sputtered.
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