BOCC sends garbage issue to voters

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM.

Having looked at options for addressing the costs of solid waste collection in the county for several months, the Board of County Commissioners decided Monday to let the voters decide on a direction.

During a special meeting, commissioners – Commissioner Warren Yeager was absent – approved a referendum on a one cent sales tax to fund mandatory garbage collection in county.

The referendum, commissioners decided, would be held at the next general election in the fall of 2014.

The county, administrator Don Butler said, should enter into discussions immediately with each municipality to determine their course of action.

The cities of Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka would collect a share of the one cent sales tax.

However, whether they followed the county’s lead in devoting those funds to rid the county of garbage bills remains to be seen

“It would be nice for the city of Port St. Joe and the city of Wewahitchka to be under the same umbrella as the county,” said Commissioner Ward McDaniel.

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