Increase recommended in tipping fee for dumping at landfills

April 13, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman yesterday repeated advice he gave the commissioners last April -- raise the tipping fee for dumping in county landfills to $53 a ton.

But, like last year, the commissioners delayed making a decision.

Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy said they did not want to make a decision without Commissioner Julia W. Gouge, who was ill yesterday.

The county needs to raise its tipping fee to help pay for building and operating future landfills, Mr. Curfman said.

Carroll charges $40 a ton to dump in Northern or Hoods Mill landfill.

"I feel like we're almost locked into" some kind of increase to maintain a favorable bond rating for the county, Mr. Dell said.

He said he might propose a smaller increase but would not say how he would vote on the issue.

Mr. Lippy said he wished the commissioners had increased the fee last year instead of being faced with the decision in this, an election year.

All three commissioner seats are up for election. Mr. Dell and Mr. Lippy have said they will run again. Mrs. Gouge has said she is considering running for state delegate.

Mr. Lippy said, "Last time, I said I felt a little gutless doing nothing in light of the figures. I really wish we had an alternative."

Mr. Lippy said he wished the county could save landfill space by implementing a composting or incineration program. But there isn't enough time to start new programs before the next fiscal year begins July 1, he said.

He also would not say how he would vote on the proposed increase.

Of the current $40 fee, $33 goes toward operating costs at the landfills and $7 is set aside to help pay future costs, Mr. Curfman said.

New "generally accepted accounting standards" that take effect this year require that the county charge a tipping fee high enough to help pay for future costs and a fee of $53 a ton would do that, he said.

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