BOCC sends garbage issue to voters

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

Excess revenue from the sales tax could be devoted to the landfill, Butler said.

“The only real savings to the county is to get out of the roadside pickup,” said deputy administrator Michael Hammond. “We’ve got to get out of the roadside pickup business.”

Hammond noted that inmate crews and the county limb truck bring that debris to the landfill, which does not receive tipping fees for the material.

Further, the county expense in fuel and wear-and-tear on the limb vehicle would be reduced.

McDaniel agreed that the county needs to get out of the roadside pickup business, saying limb removal had become almost “an entitlement” to county residents.

McLemore expressed dissent on any move to mandatory garbage pickup, saying it would create a hardship for many residents in his district scraping by financially.

“(Mandatory garbage pickup) is something I will not support,” McLemore said. “I do like the idea of a one cent sales tax. That might work for the county and the people I represent.

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