A tipping fee increase foreseen, but not voted

April 22, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Municipal officials in Carroll County should anticipate an increased fee for dumping in landfills, but the county government will continue to search for ways to keep the costs low, the County Commissioners decided yesterday.

Once again, the commissioners postponed voting on whether to increase the tipping fee. But they agreed that local governments should budget for a fee of $53 per ton for fiscal 1995 rather than the current $40 fee.

Ms. Gouge initially opposed raising the fee, but she and Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy eventually agreed that the towns should be prepared to pay an increased fee during the next fiscal year.

However, the commissioners said county officials will work to find other ways to make money before the higher fee would go into effect July 1.

Eugene Curfman, the county comptroller, presented estimates yesterday of how much money the county could make if it started charging trucks for the weight of the loads they haul rather than the $6 fee now charged for small pickups loads and the $8 fee for pickups with side rails.

Mr. Curfman said he "roughly estimated" that the small pickups bring about 500 pounds of garbage each to the landfill. He said they would pay $10 if they were charged by load weight.

Trucks that now are charged $8 a load for about a half-ton of material would pay $20, he said.

If the county doubled the fee for dumping rubble -- such items as construction materials, shingles and tree limbs thicker than two inches in diameter -- the increased tipping fee would be reduced another $4. Charging citizens to dump clean wood and yard waste separated from trash loads would knock off another $1 and 75 cents, respectively.

With each of these charges in place, the tipping fee could be reduced by about $5 or $6, Mr. Curfman said.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy asked County Attorney Charles W. Thompson Jr. to determine whether the county could charge different rates for commercial and residential landfill users.

The commissioners asked Mr. Curfman to continue investigating such "revenue enhancers." He will also try to determine whether the county can raise money by selling the mulch that is produced at the landfill.

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