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Wayne County won’t be taxing paper bags

New York’s ban on plastic bags doesn’t take effect until March 2020, but the Wayne County Board of Supervisors already has decided it won’t be charging residents for the use of the paper bags in grocery stores.

Last week, the Board of Supervisors opted against a provision of the plastic bag ban that allows localities to slap a 5-cent tax on each paper bag, with the money going to the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and the distribution of reusable bags.

In their resolution, which passed unanimously, supervisors stated that “New York State is already among the highest-taxed states in the nation and many Wayne County families are struggling to make ends meet.” It said that “imposing a new paper bag tax would place an additional financial burden on Wayne County families.”

The resolution said the board “recognizes the environmental benefits of using paper bags instead of plastic,” but that it “does not wish to increase the cost of living in Wayne County.”

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