PSJ commissioners protest tipping fee increase

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 09:25 AM.

With an amended interlocal agreement with the Board of County Commissioners in front of them for approval Port St. Joe city commissioners took issue with county action they believed tipped the scales of fairness.

Port St. Joe commissioners lobbied for more than a year and waited sometime impatiently for two months while attorneys worked to broker an amended interlocal agreement over annexation of WindMark Beach.

But with a county proposal awaiting approval, commissioners tabled consideration of the agreement over the proposed increase in tipping fees the county will charge at the landfill.

Given that city residents pay county taxes, Mayor Mel Magidson said, it was fundamentally unfair for the county to assess fees that will add tens of thousands of dollars in costs to the city for services county residents receive for free.

“I am reluctant to bring it up, but how are we going to address tipping fees?” Magidson said during a Tuesday meeting that followed a budget workshop during which the tipping fee increase was discussed.

“We need to address that. There is something about that that doesn’t seem right to me.”

As city attorney Tom Gibson said, a resident living in the first phase of WindMark, in the county, would not pay for yard debris removal.

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