New York counties' increasing reliance on sales tax collections makes them vulnerable as the economy falters, according to a report yesterday by the state comptroller's office.

"The economic downturn will likely have a significant impact on sales tax revenues," Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a press release. "Counties - especially those that rely heavily on the sales tax - should forecast revenues conservatively. The economic roller-coaster ride is far from over, and if counties want to avoid fiscal calamity, they should recognize the impact fluctuations in sales tax revenues can have on their budgets."

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