Niagara County Lawmakers Reject Paper Bag Fee

Next year's plastic bag ban allows counties to opt-in to five cent fee for paper bags

Tom Puckett
April 10, 2019 - 2:42 pm

Plastic bags in a grocery cart. January 14, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Lockport, NY (WBEN) The Niagara County Legislature unanimously decides to not impose a five cent fee on paper bags when the state's plastic bag ban goes into effect next year.

“At a time when so many families are struggling to make ends meet, the last thing we need is another tax every time we head to the grocery store. I was proud to introduce this resolution and I will continue to stand up for taxpayers,” stated Legislator Jesse Gooch, R- Wheatfield / North Tonawanda.  Lawmakers say they rejected the five cent fee because New York is already one of the highest taxed states in the country, and imposing a new tax would place an additional financial burden on Niagara County families.

“The tax on paper carryout bags is more so a regressive move. It will wrongly penalize a recyclable good that can be easily processed at recovery facilities. The state-required fee will generate profits at the expense of shoppers, adversely impacting low-income individuals,” said Chairman of Legislature Keith McNall, R- Lockport.

New York is the third state to ban single use plastic bags.

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