Sales tax in Dutchess could be erased on some clothing, shoes

Shirley P. Olin

Clothing fills the racks and covers the tables at Elizabeth Boutique.

The shop, a fixture of the Arlington Business District, has thrived since 2008, selling fashionable women’s clothing. But shoppers are willing to travel, and local business owners often need to compete with more than just regional shops.

“I think people go to Jersey for no tax [on clothing],” said Beth Madsen, owner of Elizabeth Boutique. “I think having no tax on clothes keeps people spending the money.”

From left, assistant buyer, Alexa Hummel, and assistant manager, Michael Smith from Elizabeth Boutique in the Arlington Business District go through the shop's inventory on October 5, 2021.

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But a measure set to be presented to the Dutchess County Legislature could be a boon some local clothing shop owners say, all while saving money for shoppers.

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