Counties in the News October 26, 2016
Wednesday's news from counties across the state.
Old TVs and Computers Impacting Local Property Tax Bills
Old and unwanted television sets and other electronic waste are costing local taxpayers millions of dollars a year to process, according to the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), a municipal association working to encourage state policies that place those costs squarely on the shoulders of the electronics manufacturers who profit when consumers buy new technology devices.
Despite the 2010 NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act and a $3 million e-waste grant program enacted as part of the 2016-17 State Budget, local governments are still carrying the larger share of the electronic waste being recycled across the state.
NYSAC and the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management (NYSASWM) have conducted a small sample survey to better understand current e-waste needs. The sample survey of 50 municipalities found that:
- Respondents process 9,224 tons of e-waste collected annually.
- Respondents collectively spend over $3,000,000 in direct out-of-pocket expenses annually. This amount is equal to the entire 2016/2017 appropriation for e-waste grants. These expenses are eligible for 50% reimbursement under the e-waste grant program, and still face high costs to responsibly manage e-waste.
Suffolk Supports its Vets with Second Annual County Marathon and 5K
- Most local governments pay between $0.10/lb and $0.30/lb to recycle e-waste. The Town of Babylon had the highest reported fee of $0.40/lb and Tioga County had the second highest fee of $0.35/lb.
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Molinaro's 2017 budget to lower tax levy and tax rate
A Conversation with County Executive MaryEllen Odell
Film tax credit bill on governor's desk
Albany trash fee roils county
Washington County cats shelter proposed
Essex County leader leaving
Counties financially unable to increase attorney staffing, hinders right to lawyer upon arraignment
Franklin County Industrial Development Agency restructuring could shift top job to affiliated Local Development Corp.
Oneida Co. DA's budget sails through committee
CENTRAL NEW YORK
Interest on tax payment installments will be discussed at Cayuga County public hearing
Plans for Ithaca-area detox facility move forward
'A great tradition': Cayuga County Legislature hosts Student Government Day
Ontario County wants more for war against algae
WESTERN NEW YORK
Calls volume drops for drug addiction hotline
Legislature urges ‘open road tolling' across the state