PSJ commissioners protest tipping fee increase

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

Across the street, in the second phase annexed into the city, that same service will cost the city $60 a ton, up from $40.

“My approach is there might be some legal issues associated with that,” Gibson said.

Commissioner Phil McCroan said the interlocal agreement speaks to a similar issue. The agreement prohibits the city from charging county residents any more for water and sewer than it charges city residents.

“Our residents are paying twice (for the landfill),” McCroan said. “That is our leverage.”

Gibson said the water and sewer rate equalizer was long in the interlocal agreement and that as part of the agreement the city had assumed water systems that were revenue generators for the county.

The amended interlocal agreement, including eliminating the fire tax the city has paid into the county general fund, also adds new obligations for the city.

The city would take over firefighting duties in Oak Grove, establish emergency water rescue capabilities along the city coastal areas and, most significantly, would require the city to deed over the land on which the Tourist Development Council Welcome Center sits.

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