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.
Mychajliw was also pleased to inform school districts that revenue has increased from last year. During a visit to the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District, Mychajliw delivered a check for $476,828 to Superintendent Kimberly Moritz.
“The partnership between Erie County and school districts has been extremely valuable for our communities,” said Mychajliw. “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. 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.”
This quarter, Erie County shared a total of $24.18 million with school districts. Evans-Brant Central School District ($718,685), Eden Central School District ($391,224), Gowanda Central School District ($202,287), North Collins Central School District ($182,648) and Yorkshire-Pioneer Central ($51,950) also received their sales tax checks from Mychajliw.
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. The agreement, signed in 1977, forbids the three cities from enacting their own city-wide 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. In 2017, Erie County shared more than $94.89 million with school districts.
“I will fight to protect public schools, to make sure this critically important revenue stream isn’t threatened or taken away by the politicians. This money should stay right where it is: in the classroom to benefit kids, teachers and our communities across Erie County,” said Mychajliw.