BOCC sends garbage issue to voters

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

To add the bill to the property tax Truth in Millage (TRIM) statements would require the county to complete a “Solid Waste Assessment Study” to determine who would or would not be excluded and what rates would be paid.

That study must be completed, at a cost of over $43,000, by the Dec. 31 for the county to levy the bill on TRIM notices next year.

Another con in that scenario, Butler noted, is that the garbage bill in some cases might be higher than the property tax bill.

There are 2,512 customers with garbage service in unincorporated Gulf County.

There are some 2,500-4,000 county residents who do not have garbage service.

The primary challenge for the county budget committee, which has been wrestling with the issue of a landfill that loses money and the lack of mandatory garbage pickup, was to make the collection of garbage more “efficient,” Butler said.

In addition, the goal in bargaining for a new contract supported with a one-cent sales tax would be to eliminate or greatly reduce the county’s costs for yard debris and roadside garbage pickup.

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