Proposed County budget hike still at 14%The rise in the budget itself, including assumption of all waste collection and disposal, was initially calculated at 16.78 per cent, but the real growth of new properties reduced that by approximately one percentage point – assuming that a one per cent growth estimate was accurate.
The county’s takeover of waste management had been touted as a means of saving money. It was simply adding the garbage stream to its in-place handling of recyclables and source-separated organics. It might represent an over-all savings. But the four municipalities that have their own landfill sites, especially Melancthon, appear to be winding up paying considerably more as their share of the county tax than they were paying to operate their own sites.
The issue was raised at county council last month when Shelburne Mayor Ed Crewson crunched the numbers and suggested the town would not see a significant savings, if any at all.
WOW, I HATE TO SAY IT BUT MAYOR CREWSON WAS RIGHT