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Proposal calls for some landfill fees to rise

April 27, 2004|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

While those who hold permits for the Forty West Landfill may pay more to drop off their trash, some fees charged to larger haulers either could increase or decrease beginning July 1 under a proposal backed by the Washington County Commissioners.

The fee for landfill users who drop off a ton or more of household garbage would decrease from $45 per ton to $39 per ton, according to the proposal.

Users bringing in rubble and building debris would pay $39 a ton, up from $35 a ton.

Haulers who dispose of 4,000 or more tons of trash a year would pay $39 a ton, up from $36 a ton.

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Last month, the commissioners proposed that landfill permit fees for senior citizens increase from $75 a year to $90 a year and from $105 to $120 a year for other Washington County residents.

The proposed increases for permit holders would make up some of a $264,000 shortfall in the permit program.

The permit program has not been self-supporting because county residents have been sharing permits, according to a financial analysis by the county.

An increase in the cost of permits would reduce the shortfall to $169,022.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Monday the adjustment to the fees paid by larger haulers would help the county cover the remainder of the shortfall.

"We're trying to make the dump self-sufficient, so the taxpayers ... don't have to subsidize it," Commissioner John C. Munson said.

County Director of Solid Waste Robert Davenport said a public hearing on the fees would be held next month.

Snook said that if the new landfill fees were approved, the commissioners would review them in six months to see whether the charges are competitive with surrounding areas.

"If not, we might have to possibly lower them back down," Snook said.

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