Decision put off on raising dump fees

May 24, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll's commissioners said yesterday that they will not make a decision about whether to increase the fee for dumping in landfills until they meet with private haulers.

Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman recommended that they increase the tipping fee by $9.05 per ton. The current fee is $40 per ton.

The commissioners must increase the fee to comply with new government accounting standards that require the county to charge a fee high enough to pay for future landfill operating and capital costs.

An increase would be effective July 1, the first day of fiscal 1995.

Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said that she wants to talk with haulers about whether they would charge customers by the bag instead of the ton. Charging by the bag would save money for residents who recycle and so generate less trash.

One of the eight haulers who works in the county charges by the bag now, Mr. Curfman said.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell said that charging by the bag would not change the county's landfill costs. The way in which haulers bill their customers is not the county's concern, he said.

"It is our concern," Mrs. Gouge replied. "These people are held hostage." She said she does not want haulers to charge residents more if the county raises the tipping fee.

Carroll has no countywide trash collection; residents must hire private haulers.

Mr. Curfman said that he would try to set up a meeting with the haulers by early next week. His recommendation to increase the fee also includes changes in landfill policy. He recommended that the county:

* Increase the tipping fee to $80 per ton for dump construction debris, known as rubble.

* Start charging $40 per ton to accept untreated lumber. The county now accepts "clean wood" without charge and must pay to get rid of it.

* Charge pickup trucks by weight instead of a flat fee. The current charge is $6 for a small pickup load and $8 for pickups with side rails.

Mr. Curfman said that he did not want to institute a charge to accept yard waste at the landfills.

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