Trash talk starts city budgeting, tax rate decision

Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Morgan Thomas

Pay raises, more police, the same tax rate and trash talk emerged from Lewisburg City Council deliberations Friday on the municipality's next budget of nearly $11.4 million.

The Council's continuation of a tax rate at $1.36 per $100 of assessed value represents no increase in city property taxes on unchanged real estate, and a final vote on that is anticipated on July 11.

However, change is coming to the collection of trash because of the inevitable closure of Cedar Ridge Landfill, regardless of whether a state permit is granted for its expansion, so Council consulted with Marshall County Solid Waste Director Morgan Thomas.

While Thomas has no control over city sanitation workers, he and others have developed a program serving the southwest quadrant of the city where about half of the households make recyclable paper, plastic and metal available for collection by city crews on Wednesday.

It's unclear when the curbside recycling service will be available to all city residents, City Manager Eddie Fuller said during Council's workshop....Pick up a copy of today's edition, Wednesday, July 2, 2008 for entire story.