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Landfill permit fees may be raised

April 09, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Permit fees for some residential users of Washington County's landfill would rise 150 percent under a county proposal.

The hike is for residents who drop off trash directly at the landfill; it does not affect commercial haulers. The fee will be the same at the Forty West Landfill when it replaces the Resh Sanitary Landfill around December.

The County Commissioners are holding a public hearing on the proposal Tuesday night.

It would be the first increase in the fees in five years, Solid Waste Director Robert Davenport said. It is needed because the cost of doing business has increased, but it unrelated to the closing of the landfill, he said.

Presently there is an annual fee of $30 for taking trash to the landfill in cars while the fee for trucks is $50, according to county records.

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About 2,000 auto permits and 8,000 truck permits are issued annually.

Under the new proposal there would be a single fee for cars and trucks. The change was proposed because the method of transporting trash to the landfill didn't seem like it should be a factor, Davenport said.

The fee, if the proposal is approved, would rise to $75 in July 2000, $85 in July 2001, $95 in 2002 and $105 in 2003.

There would be a discount for those over 62. That fee would be $50 in July, $60 in July 2001, $70 in 2002 and $75 in 2003.

The discount for seniors would be a first, Davenport said, adding it is being offered because seniors generate less trash, he said.




Public hearing on landfill fee hikes

7 p.m., Tuesday April 11

County Commissioners meeting room, County Administration Building

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