City, county balk at collection disparity

Friday, April 25, 2008

Landfill contract negotiations between Marshall County and Waste Management Inc. became more complicated since the county's finance director explained how taxes are split with Lewisburg.

It may result in garbage collection by Waste Management in Lewisburg, which has had free disposal from Waste Management at its Cedar Ridge Landfill. The county mayor sees an equity issue. The city mayor says it's not a tax issue.

Years ago, Lewisburg agreed to share some of its sales tax revenue so the county could build schools, Finance Director Freda Terry explained last week to county commissioners negotiating a new landfill contract.

More county revenue is anticipated from increased payments to the county for landfilling, according to Waste Management's offer to the county. That offer includes free collection and disposal for county residents -- but not those in Lewisburg, where the city runs its own garbage trucks. Lewisburg would get free disposal, not collection, under the company's offer.

"They've got to be treated equal," County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett said Wednesday when asked about the disparity that could require clarification from a chancellor. "If we go to court, we'll let the court decide."

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