MTA payroll tax hitting some LI businesses hard

HAUPPAUGE - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's payroll tax is hitting businesses in some Long Island communities much harder than in others.

Business owners in places like Hauppauge say they're paying thousands in taxes even though their communities don't have train stations.

County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) says local businesses have paid more than $160 million since the payroll tax went into effect in 2009. Levy says areas with a lot of industry like Melville, Farmingdale and Hauppauge are bearing the brunt of it.

If the payroll tax is repealed, the money would have to be made up, which means riders could be stuck paying more for a ticket, or the railroad could cut more trains and other services.

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