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Merging resources won’t reduce garbage fee

Published 12:01pm Friday, December 7, 2012

To the Editor:

So I get a yellow note in the mail from Southampton County. It announces exceptions to the $200 garbage fee/tax along with an extension of time to comply. (“Deadline for garbage fee extended till March,” Nov. 30).

That’s nice, especially following an article in The Tidewater News last week suggesting a combination of effort and resources between the City of Franklin and the Southampton Board of Supervisors addressing the subject of you guessed it — “garbage.” (“Southampton, Franklin will work together,” Nov. 28).

Merging resources and expanding collections to include all the rural county homes might not really be a good idea. It appears to me this is an attempt at “empire building” by someone.

Why create another bureaucratic monster?

It will be staffed by many, require an administration staff and be managed by a newly appointed garbage czar and to what avail?

Get the garbage fee into the real estate tax where it belongs. Forget building another empire for some who want to “manage” something and leave it alone.

John Murphy
Franklin

  • CalicoHawk

    I was shocked for two reasons…$200.00 all at one time? Why not spread it out? People on fixed incomes can’t pay this AND put beans on the table. The second reason I was shocked…I received my bill at my residence in Suffolk.

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  • FromHere

    They can do whatever the heck they want to. I paid my $200 before the stupid yellow letter came out. NOW I have to go get ONE dog tag that the 3 postcards reminded me I had to have. It’s all a big joke, except nothing’s funny about it.

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    Maybe Southampton folks do want someone to “take care of” them. Meet their every need. Maybe we can make this county like Virginia Beach, and pay a lot more in taxes, to do the things we USED to do for ourselves. That’s the way the rest of the country is going . . . . .

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