Weekly Feature

2018-04-11 / Business

Comptroller presents sales tax checks to school districts

Mychajliw Mychajliw Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw recently updated school districts throughout Erie County on their share of collected sales tax from the first quarter of the year.

Mychajliw hand-delivered many of these checks that support programs and services for children, teachers and administrators across Erie County to school superintendents.

The comptroller said he was pleased to inform school districts that revenue has increased from last year. During a visit to the Williamsville Central School District, Mychajliw delivered a check for more than $2.9 million to Superintendent Scott Martzloff.

“The partnership between Erie County and school districts has been extremely valuable for our communities,” Mychajliw said. “The sales tax revenue, generated in large part thanks to our Canadian neighbors who come here to shop, is used in countless ways to support students, teachers and districts.”

The comptroller added that compared to other counties throughout the state, Erie County shares a larger percentage of the sales tax with schools.

“I have the deepest respect for public education and I’m proud to be a strong partner with our schools,” Mychajliw said.

The comptroller said that this quarter, Erie County shared a total of $24.18 million with school districts.

Amherst Central School District, with about $853,000, and Sweet Home Central School District, with about $923,000, also received their sales tax checks.

The amount a school district receives in sales tax revenue from the county was set in agreement between the county and the three cities of Buffalo, Lackawanna and Tonawanda.

Mychajliw said the agreement, signed in 1977, forbids the three cities from enacting their own citywide sales tax, which they have the authority to do under state law, in exchange for the county sharing some of the revenue they collect with them, other towns and villages and school districts.

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