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Collection of $200 garbage fee outlined

Published 8:02am Tuesday, November 20, 2012

COURTLAND—The following are the most frequently asked questions concerning the $200 trash fee all households in Southampton County will have to pay this year.

Question: How will I be billed?

Answer: Bills will be mailed to each home by the Treasurer’s Office this fall along with personal property tax bills. They will be due on Dec. 5.

Question: Who is exempt?

Answer: Stevens Woods apartments in Courtland and Brookside Square apartments in Boykins. Homes that are unoccupied for at least 180 consecutive days prior to July, and home occupied by residents 65 or older, or who are totally disabled. They must have a total combined annual household income of less than $30,000 and a combined financial worth that does not exceed $80,000.

Question: How do I claim an exemption?

Answer: If you receive a bill, contact the County Administrator’s office at 653-3015. You will be required to sign a sworn affidavit attesting to the fact that the property has been vacant.

If exempt from paying real estate taxes, you won’t have to pay the $200 fee.

Homes occupied by residents who are 65 or older and totally disabled and not enrolled in the real estate exemption program should contact the county administrator’s office at 653-3015 and ask for an exemption application. These applications must be returned no later than Sept. 1.

Question: What will happen if I don’t pay the fee?

Answer: The treasurer will add a 10 percent penalty and interest begins to accrue at the rate of 10 percent annually. After Dec. 5, the treasurer will send a past due notice. Failure to respond may result in property liens, garnished wages and seizure of assets.

Question: Why is the county charging the fee?

Answer: The costs for collecting, handling and disposing garbage will equal $1.8 million for fiscal year 2013. This equates to an annual expense of more than $250 per household.

Question: How much revenue will the fee generate?

Answer: The fee is expected to generate $1.34 million annually, which will cover 71.6 percent of the cost of managing the county’s garbage. The $534,000 balance will be funded through property taxes.

 

 

 

 

 

  • movingrightalong

    Interesting article on the front page of yesterday’s Virginian Pilot about the same “tax collection” / “car booting” company that our county treasurer has contracted with collect the taxes his job is to collect.

    I wish the Tidewater News would do an investigative article on this whole situation and reveal in particular the details of the contract between the county/Treasurer and Va Auction Co. The citizens of SoCo also deserve to know exactly how much money VAC has made compared to the funds the county has re-couped by using VAC to do the Treasurer’s job. Did the Treasurer’s office bid this contract out to see who would give the county the most bang for the buck, or was it simply given to VAC? Some of the citizens of Suffolk are starting to realize that this company is making a lot of money, and I suspect that VAC is making a lot more money off of this “booting” that the county is getting.

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  • skooch

    This tax increase all started in Southampton CO and IOW Counties when they lowered the tax rate on Farm land to keep the Counties Rural. Residential properties are now paying to make up the difference.

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    • Liberty With Responsibility

      This news story about trash tax has nothing at all to do with Isle of Wight County. IOW has had this farm-tax program in place for over 20 years. Southampton just started their program in the last few years. Many counties all over the state are doing the same, because the voters don’t want the state covered in houses.

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  • jenise22

    Don’t forget if you didn’t send the “verification” of your vehicles and mileage back to them even if the information they have is correct they tacked on a $10.00 “filing penalty” to your tax bill. Happy Holidays :)

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  • simplifyingit

    you people do realize that you could have “complained” and “resisted” and “protested” this garbage fee way back in the first of the year when the BOS approved it don’t you? Why act shocked now? did you have your heads buried in the sand? and hdff4u, if you don’t believe those apartment complexes have private/contracted trash collection ride through and the big dumpsters with that companies name on them, its that easy to prove. But it doesn’t answer the question that if you haul your own trash, dispose of it in your own way, or pay some “contracted” company to “handle” your trash at your house would you still have to pay? I say you would and these people should too, “everyone pays or noone pays!” At our houses is not the only place we cost this county money, we also “develop” trash and waste while we are eating, shopping, boating, working,etc. So everyone should pay it! Or the county could just add between 1 & 2 percent to our personal property taxes andd just call it a tax like they should have, but they called it a “trash fee” to save face because they all campaigned on a “no new tax/ downsize govt” platform and then went against their words in the first quarter in office because MJ told them the county was bankrupt/ no way to cut budgets and they believed him.

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    • Liberty With Responsibility

      Good comment. Everyone is always too busy to take time to go to a county meeting, and speak their piece, or even make a phone call, or email, or letter. Then they cry and whine after the fact. People, in this country, you snooze, you LOSE! Learn from your mistakes, and change your ways (if you can spare time away from the video game and TV)! Our whole country is falling down around our ears, and no one has “time” for doing their civic duty. Our founders have got to be disgusted with this generation of so-called “Americans.”

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  • hdff4u

    Why are Stevens Woods and Brookside Square apaprtments exempt? And before anybody says because of a outside trash service, I’ll go ahead and say I think thats bullshit.

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    • CBlowe23851

      @Hdff4u they are exempt becauase they are income based/subsidized housing. If they or me (because I just moved) cannot pay regular rent what makes you think that they can pay a $200 trash fee? They also receive funds from the government to help cover those cost, I think if you have a problem with it you should see your county council. You should not worry about other peoples’ finances and what they will pay. The county based their statistics based on the people who will be paying and not the people who are not. Many people that live in those complexes are disabled (including myself) and elderly which I believe that was covered in the article.

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      • Second Opinion

        hdff4u, I hope you have some milk to go with them cow pies.

        The apartments get an exemption because the complex gets trash pickup provided by a paid collection company like waste management or A.W.M.S Also there is no total exemption because there is a min. fee of $20 per household

        Hope this helps.

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  • movingrightalong

    They expect to collect 1.34 million from this fee less than a month before Christmas. Wonder how much this fee is going to cost local businesses in lost sales during the holiday season and how many children will go without at Christmas this year?

    There has to be a better way than collecting this at the same time property taxes are due. That is bad enough since everyone is due at once, Dec 5th. Why couldn’t they give people the option of paying $16.66 a month instead of piling it on at Christmas?

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  • FromHere

    Liberty with Responsibility . . . hush. Don’t give them any ideas. And I think you DO pay for ambulance service. I did.

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    • Liberty With Responsibility

      Look again–I didn’t list ambulance service, cause I heard they charge for that, but if I were a betting man, I’d say there is an also exemption for the poor and elderly “grasshoppers” who frittered away their prime working years and now have spent everything they ever earned trying to show off and buy what the “Jones’” had, so that those folks don’t have to pay for that ambulance service either. Whenever I hear of a new county fee anywhere in Western Tidewater, keep reading the article, and you will come to the part where they list all the priviledged “exempt” classes from the new fee. Must be nice to ride thru life with all the perks, and none of the responsibilities for the spawn they squirt out.

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      • MikeW

        Liberty,thats the way things have been for years and it’s getting worse each and every year. We live in the “baby daddy…momma drama” era.It’s the lazy people that live their lives off the working people’s paycheck.Getting food stamps,SSI,section8 and every other free thing they can get while the working class pay for things the so called poor need…like trash pick up,medical,and anything else they can get with an outreached hand.Meanwhile….the working class continue to work while the poor live in free housing with cable tv and drive jacked up cars with the 1,000 dollar stero blaring the latest music from their favorite artist.Yep….life is great…all you need is to not have a job….have babies without a father…then…put everything you have in those baby’s names and sit on your butt and wait for the good times to roll.

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  • bowlingangel77

    my question is what happened to all that revenue form locking down peoples cars from unpaid taxes! The millions that was made. And according to the town person our trash is handled by franklin so why is courtland collecting on it? Im so strapped as it is , full time student trying to finish in February. I know 65 year olds need help, but they aren’t the only ones who cant pay it..

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  • whitbydr@aol.com

    They also forgot to mention that the fee will give the trash site employees a one dollar an hour raise

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  • RACN35

    what about the disabled folks who got their tax bill YESTERDAY and the deadline to turn in the application was Sept 1st…. i was there for 2 hours with my SS papers in hand TODAY… TOO BAD – PAY IT i was told …. you can be added for exemption NEXT YEAR….

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    • Second Opinion

      return to or call the treasurers office because the deadline has been extended

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  • justareader

    Great question Skooch!!

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  • skooch

    So…If you have rental property who pays the $200.00 the Renter or the Landlord?

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    OK, so it costs money to collect trash–I get that. Then why don’t we charge a fee for fire departments, law enforcement, county recreation programs, social services, and everything else we “need?” What’s the difference? Please explain. Thanks.

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    • Second Opinion

      in no way trying to give you a smart “a” answer but take the time to get your hands on the TWN when they print the county budget. It’s all listed there.

      Now the one service you do not pay for is the fire service because we have VERY dedicated persons in the County that VOLUTEER thier time to provide that. A kindly donation to your local Vol.Fire Dept would really help to keep it that way. They do a GREAT job for no pay.

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