BOCC sends garbage issue to voters

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

The hope, Butler said after the meeting, would be for the cities to join the county as waste pickup service contracts expire over the next year which would provide a larger bidding base to aid in bringing overall prices down.

“We definitely should put the contract out for bid whether voters approve (the referendum) or not,” said Commissioner Carmen McLemore.

The motion on the referendum came after Butler had laid out the county’s options for addressing garbage collection.

Two of those options included moving to mandatory garbage pickup in unincorporated areas.

Butler said three area counties have such ordinances, Calhoun, Liberty and Wakulla.

He noted that Calhoun had a “soft” ordinance in which residents “volunteer” to be on garbage pickup. But by having the ordinance, code enforcement has the ability to step in should garbage become an issue on a property.

In Liberty, some customers are billed monthly and others quarterly while in Wakulla the annual garbage bill was added onto property tax notices.

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