By Becky Jane Newbold
Managing Editor 

Commercial Solid Waste fees to increase in response to shortfall

 

February 20, 2020

Did you know you can reduce the amount of money Lewis County pays for waste disposal by recycling number 1 and 2 plastics, cardboard, aluminum, metal and other materials? When Lewis County pays to have household garbage hauled away, taxpayers foot the bill. How many dollars can we save by reducing our waste? Every little bit makes a difference. "Pennies make dollars," County Garbage Service owner/operator Bradley Loveless commented in an interview this week.

A committee appointed by the Lewis County Board of Commissioners met Monday evening to find a solution to a projected $111,000 shortfall in the Solid Waste budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

The result is a six level commercial fee scale that could encompass rate hikes for businesses and non-profits alike.

Close scrutiny of current businesses revealed some entities not being charged and others paying fees that did not match similar businesses. The fee scale had not been updated for more than 20 years, a county official stated.

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