Niagara Gazette

March 17, 2014

Waste Management announces $409K in community payments

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Waste Management announced Monday that the company delivered $409,891 in gross receipt taxes to various local community partners. 

The rounded amounts delivered were:

• $136,630  to the Town of Porter

• $136,630  to the Town of Lewiston

• $99,794 to the Lewiston-Porter School District

• $29,624  to the Niagara-Wheatfield School District

• $7,213  to the Wilson Central School District

The gross receipts tax is divided into thirds; one third to the Town of Porter, one third to the Town of Lewiston and one third is divided up between the Lewiston-Porter, Niagara-Wheatfield and Wilson school districts based upon student population.

Company officials noted the payments are over and above property and school taxes paid by the hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility. New York state requires a hazardous waste facility to charge a 6 percent gross receipts tax on all hazardous waste landfilled. 

“This amount is significantly less than last year due to our lack of air space in the landfill,” explained Michael Mahar, district manager. “Once our landfill expansion goes through, the community can expect to see higher payments.”

The amount was determined by revenue generated by the Waste Management facility during 2013.