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Waste fee due March 31

Published 10:18am Friday, March 22, 2013

BY LUCY WALLACE/MANAGING EDITOR
lucy.wallace@tidewaternews.com

COURTLAND—Southampton County Treasurer David Britt would like to remind county residents of the deadline for the solid waste management fee.

The Southampton Board of Supervisors approved the $200 household fee in the fiscal year budget, but

exemptions were made for homes occupied by residents 65 or older, or who are totally disabled; have a combined annual household income of less than $30,000; and a combined financial worth of less than $80,000.

Other exemptions include households located in multi-family apartment complexes that contract for private refuse collection including Stevens Woods apartments in Courtland and Brookside Square apartments in Boykins; and households which are unoccupied for at least 180 consecutive calendar days.

Britt said the original deadline of Dec. 5 of last year to pay the fee or Sept. 1 to apply for an exemption, was extended. The due date to apply for relief has passed, as it was in January. However, the deadline to pay the $200 is set for March 31.

“I just want to remind everyone that the solid waste fee is coming due the 31st of March,” said Britt.

He explained that since that date falls on a Sunday, residents would have until Monday, April 1, to pay the fee in person.

If mailing in your fee, Britt asks that residents make sure the postmark on the envelope shows Saturday’s date of March 30.

If paying the fee in person, Britt says residents can come to the Southampton County Treasurer’s office in the county administration building in Courtland.

When the fee was imposed, it was noted by county officials that the cost for collecting, handling and disposing garbage would equal $1.8 million for fiscal year 2013. Broken down, this equals to an annual expense of more than $250 per household, covering 7,473 housing units.

The new fee is expected to generate $1.34 million annually, which will cover 71.6 percent of the cost to mange the county’s refuse. If the fee is unpaid, the County Treasurer has the power and duty to collect the fees and after the due date, a 10 percent penalty is added and interest begins to accrue at 10 percent annually.

  • Liberty With Responsibility

    Can’t afford it? Then get a second job. Thousands on welfare are depending on you to make it possible for them to watch Dr. Phil and eat crab dip in the afternoons while they get their hair and nails done, while their kids are eating a free school lunch!

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    • spider68

      Aren’t you welfare spouting wackos tired of spreading these myths yet? It is about time to give it a rest. Sensible people are tired of seeing it.

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  • zunifarmer13

    “Waste Management Fee?”. I don’t think so. They tried to trick us into thinking it was a utility fee, not a tax increase. When I don’t pay my electric (utility) bill the power is cut off. When I don’t pay my water (utility) bill the water is cut off. If I don’t pay my trash (utility) bill they can boot my car and go after my tax returns for payment. Only when a TAX isn’t paid can the government go after my money. This current board campaigned on the promise of no tax increases and then single handedly put the biggest burden on the citizens in recent memory, and then tried to hide it in plain sight by calling it a fee.

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    • kingradman

      ITS A TAX PLAIN AND SIMPLE

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    • Maxdoubt

      Some of you seem to be placing a lot of emphasis on whether this is a “Fee” or a “Tax” and it looks like you consider calling it a “Tax” to be more damning. I will ask you to consider this:

      1) A “Tax” could at least be legally deducted on your 1040 form. A “Fee” cannot be legally deducted from your form 1040.
      2) A “Tax” can be lowered or even eliminated altogether. “Fees” are rarely reduced or eliminated. In fact, service based “Fees” once enacted cannot legally be eliminated and replaced with “Tax” increases.

      So technically you see, I think it does matter whether it is a “Fee” or whether it is a “Tax” and I submit that this “Fee” is much more insidious than any “Tax”.

      I feel compelled to add that I paid my “Fees” before Dec. 5. and have not thought much about it since. I’m thankful I’m able to pay the “Fee” and not in line at the Salvation Army food bank or living on welfare in a “Fee” free housing project or relying on anyone for a free lunch. If you want to worry about something worry about how we are going to attract businesses to the area. That is the only thing that is going to truly lower your “Taxes”.

      (and your “Fees”) :)

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  • chilimac72

    They don’t need exemptions, the need to get rid of it. There was all this talk about how adding fencing, and manning the sites and such was going to save money. Now they need to charge you for it. Amazing! Because the cost is not openly shown on your county bill you do not realize that in the county you are paying more than those in Franklin pay for roadside pickup.

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    • workingtodamill

      Franklin residents pay $45 a month for trash. That’s a total of $540 a year. This fee you are now paying to offset the tipping fee that SYPSA charges to process the trash. Franklins went up to, it just went up monthly, not a 1 time bill that you get. Your personal property taxes were paying for this, but the tipping fee got too high for that to handle alone. Suffolk and Virginia Beach residents had to start paying to, and they were getting free service because they both host something for SYPSA. So next time you see Bucky Taylor, thank him for this.

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  • kingradman

    I hate this Tax! But I will not pay until the last day

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  • shocked

    I thought about this $200 fee as I drove miles to the nearest dumpster to dump my household’s trash! SMH!

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  • country girl

    think it is crazy to have to pay this when u can’t afford it. they are helping the elderly in certain income brackets but what about us who are working their butts off and making less then 17,000 a yr. they need to rethink this issue and add them into this exemption

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