Madison County will not impose a fee on paper retail bags when a state law against plastic carryout bags takes effect in March of 2020, the Board of Supervisors voted.
The state law adopted earlier this year gives counties the option of imposing a nickel-per-bag fee on paper bags for retail customers. The state would retain three cents and counties two cents to purchase and distribute reusable bags.
“Madison County has long recognized that single use plastic bags have a major impact on our environment. We applaud Governor Cuomo for taking this bold step and placing a ban on them state-wide,” board chairman John Becker said in a county statement. “However, if the state wants to impose a fee, they should do it themselves. We will not choose to voluntarily impose an additional fee on the residents of Madison County. We have handed out thousands reusable bags to residents, and we will continue to do so.”