What is the issue?
Revenue at the Washington County sanitary landfill has fallen because of a decrease in the amount of garbage dumped. If the amount of garbage dumped doesn't bounce back and fees aren't increased, the landfill will require nearly $5 million from the county general fund.
The budget projection calls for $3.3 million in transfers from the general fund between 1998 and 2000 to help pay for capital improvements. It also calls for operating subsidies from county taxpayers beginning in 2001 and rising to $1 million a year in 2003.
Why the crunch?
n County officials blame waste haulers for taking garbage to a landfill in Upton, Pa., and other landfills. The amount of garbage dumped declined after dumping fees were increased to $45 a ton.