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Residential landfill permit costs retained

April 20, 2005|by TARA REILLY

Going against recommendations from Washington County staff and a solid waste committee, the County Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously against raising residential permit fees for the Forty West Landfill.

Large haulers, however, will face fee increases effective May 1.

The Commissioners voted to raise fees for large haulers from $39 a ton to $45 a ton for general refuse and from $39 a ton to $50 a ton for rubble, building materials and yard debris.

Landfill users who don't buy permits but favor paying based on a scale charge also will see costs increase. The Commissioners voted to raise the minimum scale charge from $5 for 240 pounds to $8 for 320 pounds.

Permit fees will remain at $90 a year for senior citizens and $120 a year for all other county residents.

The Commissioners rejected a staff proposal to raise the fees to $100 for seniors and $135 for other users. The Solid Waste Advisory Committee recommended raising the permit fees to $110 for seniors and $150 for other users, which the Commissioners also rejected.

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Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said the Commissioners just raised the permit fees last year and that he didn't want to discourage residents from using the landfill.

"The more we raise that, the less permits we issue," he said.

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