County faces landfill expiration date

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:21 AM.

Several years ago that loss was close to $1 million per year but during the current fiscal year the county will lose $452,013.73, all borne by ad valorem taxpayers.

“Since it opened we have operated with negative income,” Danford said. “Five Points has never made a profit and that means the taxpayer has paid the costs all along.”

The primary problem, Danford said, was that the BOCC has over the years never charged a sufficient tipping fee, which is compounded by the lack of solid waste to sustain the landfill in the black.

The county currently charges $35 per ton.

Further, the county handles roughly 3,800 tons a year, with 99 percent of household garbage hauled out of the county.

“We can’t support a new landfill,” Danford said. “We are never going to have another landfill. It is too expensive. To my mind expansion will cost way too much. Of course, none of it is going to be cheap.

“And we can’t support an incinerator” (as in Bay County).

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