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SYRACUSE -- The long-standing controversy over collecting sales taxes on Oneida Indian land may soon be over, a Syracuse, New York State news channel reported.
Negotiators for the tribe have been working with Governor Pataki's office on a compromise plan that would allow the nation to continue to collect sales tax revenue on items sold at its Save-On gas stations and convenience stores, the report stated.
However, as part of the deal, the nation would have to raise its self-imposed 5 percent sales tax to a level comparable with non-Indian businesses. Also, it would be barred from using that revenue toward commercial enterprises, according to News 10.
Competitors have long complained that the Oneidas have an unfair edge because they can charge the lower tax rate. Both sides hope to wrap up talks within the next few months, according to the report.