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January 2014 Sales Tax Revenue Letter

My office has received final figures from the state for January 2014 sales tax revenue. To date, we have collected $28,906,262.91. The county does not budget sales tax revenue on a month to month basis, but rather, sets an annual amount to be collected. In order to track sales tax revenue, our office can only compare its growth performance to prior years. Compared to revenue collections in January of 2013, 2014 collections for the same time period are down $2,197,533.08. This represents a year to year negative growth rate of -7.070%.

Comptroller Statement on Blizzard

As Western New Yorkers all over Erie County brave the second blizzard of the season, I wanted to extend my sincere thanks to the hundreds of emergency service workers helping to make it manageable for all of us. I will join my colleagues in government in stressing the need for people to stay safe and avoid traveling if possible. Although we can handle snow like this, its best we all take former Mayor Jimmy Griffin’s advice, and stay home.

2013 Sales Tax Revenue Letter

Dear Honorable Legislators: New York State has notified the County of the total amount of sales tax revenue collected for 2013. Despite an increase in revenue from last year, the County collected nearly $6 million less than what the Administration budgeted for. This confirms what I cautioned your honorable body about several times throughout the past year. The Administration was, and continues to be, overly aggressive with their sales tax revenue projections.

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Iwan Mychajliw is the son of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants, the youngest of seven children, who grew up in blue-collar beginnings near the corner of William and Fillmore on the East Side of Buffalo.

The people of Erie County first elected Mychajliw Erie County Comptroller on November 6th, 2012. He is the proud father of eight-year-old Mia Theresa Mychajliw, a third-grade student. 

If you see or suspect waste, fraud or abuse of county resources, don’t ignore it!  Please take a minute and report your suspicions to our Erie County Whistleblower Hotline. 

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Every day, the Erie County Comptroller must pay vendors for goods and services obtained on your behalf.  You have a right to know how this money is spent.