BOCC ends jail discussion –for now

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

Commissioners Carmen McLemore and Tan Smiley framed the discussion in terms of jobs; they each said they want to create jobs not cut them.

The board expressed support for current jail operations and Bryan said she would continue to perform research and said she would bring the issue back to the BOCC if necessary.

Tipping fees

Responding to comments from Port St. Joe officials regarding a county increase in tipping fees, Butler explained that when the county approved a half-cent sales tax in 2009 to be earmarked for landfill costs, the cities of Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka were given a choice.

Accept the proceeds – 21 percent to Port St. Joe; 12 percent to Wewahitchka – and pay tipping fees at Five Points or turn the cities’ share over to the county and pay no tipping fees.

The cities took the money.

For Port St. Joe that meant roughly $130,000 last year compared to the city’s $60,000 in costs to the landfill. Therefore, Butler said, the city was actually assessing its citizens twice, not the county, on yard debris and garbage collection, through the half-cent sales tax and landfill fees.

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