Solid Waste Committee discusses tax increase to fund landfill cell

By | July 5, 2018 5:26 am

White County commissioners who are members of the Solid Waste Committee discuss, once again, the existing problem of financing a new cell for the landfill. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The Solid Waste Committee met Monday night to discuss the condition of the White County landfill and whether or not to raise taxes for the project of digging a new cell.

Solid Waste Committee Chairman Bruce Frasier stated there has been too much time wasted on deciding what to do about digging a new cell at the landfill.

“We’ve kicked this can down the road so many years,” said Frasier. “It’s time to make a decision.”

The subject quickly came up about how the new cell would be financed. Frasier stated he has talked to a lot of people who said they did not want a tax increase but would rather pay more on the user fee, which is listed in their monthly electric bill.

After Robinson refused to discuss raising taxes, the board decided to turn the matter over to the finance office to determine how much more would need to be charged on everyone’s monthly electric bill. Matt McBride, Financial Management Committee chairman, said he did not feel comfortable raising the bill until there was a determinate amount of how much the new cell would cost.

“I don’t feel like it is fair to the committee or to the citizens of this county when we don’t have the hard facts,” said McBride.

McBride went on to say that he thought it was premature to send the subject of a bill increase to the finance office. Robinson then addressed Frasier and stated that taxing residents now for a future project is not right. After some debate, Frasier stated he did want to start taxing now so the money will be ready when the project is scheduled to begin.

It was decided that the subject of how much to raise the bill be given to the county executive’s office to come up with a figure to then present to the Financial Management Committee to vote on. The issue of raising taxes was not discussed any further.

In other business:

-In old news it was decided that there would not be a purchase of a transfer station

-The portable compactor needs repairs

-The vertical expansion on the current cell at the landfill has been approved by the state

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