BOCC sends garbage issue to voters

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

“Let the people decide. I think that’s the only way to go.”

McDaniel said while he disagreed with additional taxes, he was not in favor of strict mandatory garbage pickup as a windfall for whatever vendor the county had and said the one-cent sales tax would spread the cost around to visitor and resident alike.

“Mandatory garbage pickup makes sense for everybody,” said South Gulf County resident Pat Hardman, president of the Coastal Community Association. “Whoever makes the problem should bear a cost for pickup. If we go to mandatory it is fair.”

Commissioner Joanna Bryan dissented on the referendum because it put any decision on addressing the costs to the county off another 16 months at minimum.

“It pushes the issue down the road,” Bryan said.

She also said the impact of another penny to the sales tax could be difficult for small businesses struggling with sales to absorb and also emphasized the need to bid out garbage service when the current contract expires early next year to bring prices down.

“I would like to see better prices,” Bryan said. “I’d like to see if this went out for bid what the cost will be. That would be information we would need.”

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