Taxpayers in Dunkirk and Tonawanda receive relief following plant closures

Posted at 12:15 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 12:15:38-05

The Empire State Development has announced that taxpayers in Dunkirk an Tonawanda will receive assistance as part of the Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Program.

The $30 million fund was created to aid communities that lose property tax revenue due to an electric generating plant closure. 

Dunkirk was hurt financially by the closure of NGR’s Dunkirk Power Plant.

Tonawanda took a hit with the closure  of the Huntley Plant.

In year one, the Dunkirk City School District will receive $2,714,152, the City of Dunkirk will receive $1,792,967 and Chautauqua County will receive $1,037,423. 

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District will receive $2,230,930.

The awards are subject to approval by the Empire State Development Board of Directors and proof of the tax loss.