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REPORT

STATE OF NEW YORK — DEPARTMENT OF ExCISE ALBANY, January 24, 1918 To the Honorable the Legislature of the State of New York:

In accordance with the provisions of section 3 of the Liquor Tax Law, providing that “the State Commissioner of Excise shall make an annual report to the Legislature, on or before the second Monday in each year, which shall contain such statements, facts and explanations as will disclose the actual workings of the Liquor Tax Law in its bearings upon the welfare of the State, including all receipts and revenues collected under the law, and all expenses and disbursements incurred and also such suggestions as to the general policy of the State and such amendments of this law as the Commissioner shall deem appropriate,” I have the honor to submit herewith the twenty-second annual report of this Depart

ment for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1917.
Very respectfully,
HERBERT S. SISSON,

State Commissioner of Eaccàse.

TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL REPORT

Revenue

The expenses of the legal bureau for the year ending September 30, 1917, were $56,063.88, an increase of $7,790.49. This may be readily accounted for by the increased revenue from penalties and costs, which increased $101,475.77 over receipts of last year.

Criminal fines decreased . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $21,272 50 All night permits decreased . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37,861 25 Expenses of department decreased. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,562 13

The decrease in revenue from certificates was $382,205.17, and the decrease in number of liquor tax certificates was 526.

The rebates increased from $9,168.23 last year to $115,820.85, an increase of $106,652.52.

The amounts received from search and seizure increased $971.71 over last year.

The surplus of earnings of legal bureau, interest on temporary deposits and criminal fines, over total expense of Department, was $195,675.38.

Number of excise indictments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 427 Number of excise convictions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,464

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Financial Statement

For Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1917 Balance on hand July 1, 1916. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $41,073 92 Appropriation, chapter 646, Part 1, Laws of 1916, and chapter 181, Part 2, Laws of 1917. 341,826 25

Total appropriation and balance available. . $382,900 17 Amount lapsed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . s e e 45,541 31 Total appropriation and balance available. . $337,358 86 Total expenses of Department for year ending June 30, 1917. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317,616 89 Balance July 1, 1917. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19,741 97

Total expenses of Department for certificate year ending September 30, 1917. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $319,652 58

Total amount received from liquor tax certificates, transfers, fines, penalties, etc., for twelve months ending September 30, 1917 . . . $20,747,508 56

County treasurers’ fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43,032 25

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Leaving a net balance for the certificate year of. $20,704,476 31

Of this amount the State’s

share was . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12,457,818 93 The cities’ and towns’ share WolS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,246,657 38 $20,704,476 31 Rebates paid during above period. . . . . . . . . . . . $115,820 85

Of which the State’s share was $58,183 85
Of which the cities’ and towns'
share was . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57,637 00

115,820 85 The Excise Department has been in existence since May 1, 1896, a period of twenty-one years and five months. During that time it has collected the following amount of money, all drawn from the liquor traffic of the State:

Receipts

1896 May 1 to September 30. . . . . . . . . . $10,961,150 95 1896–97 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 12,268,341 14 1897–98 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 12,640,708 01 1898–99 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 12,643,593 64 1899–1900 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 12,622,957 79 1900–01 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 12,467,674 40 1901–02 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 12,511,368 71 1902–03 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . *17,741,257 45 1903–04 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 17,879,635 52 1904–05 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 18,197,905 60 1905–06 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 18,719,323 85 1906–07 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 19,057,236 44 1907–08 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . f8,044,537 27 1908–09 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 18,005,493 58 1909–10 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 18,102,822 19 1910–11 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 18,319,880 27 1911–12 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 18,210,083 89 1912–13 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 18,142,557 69 1913–14 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 18,109,270 61 1914–15 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 17,766,783 17 1915–16 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . #21,068,145 20 1916–17 October 1 to September 30. . . . . . . 20,747,508 56

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $354,228,235 93

* By the provisions of chapter 115 of the Laws of 1903, liquor tax rates were increased fifty per cent., in effect April 2, 1903.

By the provisions of chapter 144 of the Laws of 1908, the beginning of the certificate year was changed from May 1st to October 1st, to correspond with the fiscal year of the State. Under this amendment, the excise tax collected May 1, 1908, was for only five-twelfths of one year, which explains the apparent decrease in revenue.

# By the provisions of chapter 672 of the Laws of 1915, liquor tax rates were increased twenty-five per cent., in effect October 1, 1915. Three-fifths of the revenue from liquor tax certificates shall be paid to the State Treasurer and two-fifths to the fiscal officer of the city or town in which the traffic was

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