Garbage tax on ballot in Tangipahoa Parish

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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:11 AM
Source: Associated Press

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AMITE - Voters in rural Tangipahoa Parish will be asked to approve a property tax proposition in support of parish landfill operations on the Dec. 8 ballot.

Rural Garbage District No. 1, which includes all unincorporated areas of the parish, is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 10-mill ad valorem tax projected to generate $2.3 million in annual revenues.

If approved, the tax would run from 2013 to 2022 and help fund operations at the Tangipahoa Parish Solid Waste Facility.

Parish Finance Director Jeff McKneely says the tax also subsidizes rural-area garbage haulers, who charge $12 per ton - a discount of $16 per ton - to transport residents' trash to the landfill, he said.

McKneely says the millage and tipping fees comprise the landfill's entire budget.

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