BOCC approves taxing resolutions

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

With the landfill losing hundreds of thousands of dollars each year and nearing its own expiration date, commissioners have discussed mandatory garbage pickup countywide for some time.

The BOCC has proposed a voter referendum on a sales tax for mandatory garbage pickup in November.

The resolution on stormwater brought debate, and comments from resident Bill Koran who wondered about taxing property owners – any tax under a MSBU would be levied by property owner in a uniform amount, Novak said - considering that some stormwater issues, as on St. Joseph Peninsula and St. Joe Beach, are due to faulty private development or construction.

Yeager emphasized that there are stormwater issues in all districts and not all tied to development or construction project.

“This gives us the ability to have the discussion, do the studies, to implement the taxing unit,” Yeager said, adding that the studies demonstrate and justify the extent of any benefit.

Commissioner Joanna Bryan said the county had some ability to address stormwater early.

“Stormwater should be addressed at development,” she said. “I look at a lot of developments in the county and there is no stormwater management.”

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