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Officials from 8 Erie County municipalities back proposed emerald ash borer tax credit

Officials from eight Erie County municipalities announced Thursday their support for state legislation that would create a tax credit for homeowners that incur costs due to the emerald ash borer.

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, would provide a tax credit to property owners who have to treat or remove an ash tree due to an infestation of the emerald ash borer, an invasive species from Asia that has devastated ash populations across the Great Lakes region and threatens New York State’s 900 million ash trees. The 50 percent tax credit would be capped at $300 for removal of an infested tree and $100 for treatment of a tree.

The bill in the Senate and an identical bill in the Assembly have not come up for votes this year.

The legislation received support from officials from Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Clarence, West Seneca, Lancaster, the Town of Tonawanda, Grand Island and Williamsville.

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