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Senior trash exemption to wait until 2013

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two years after implementing a countywide trash hauling service, officials say survey results show success.

But a long-awaited discount program for seniors and vacant property owners, still under evaluation, is still a year away.

County officials received an update this week on the program, which was implemented after a lawsuit settlement with five local trash haulers. The 2010 change was controversial because it divvied up the county among the five haulers instead of giving homeowners a choice on trash service.

Tom Keith, the county's solid waste director, said he expects the $18.16 monthly fee for 2011 -- which was charged as a total of $217.92 on tax bills -- to remain about the same this year.

But if commissioners approve a proposed tax break, seniors meeting certain homestead exemption requirements could save between 15 and 25 percent in 2013. That amounts to $33 to $55.

Keith said the exemptions would apply to about 15,000 and cost the program about $509,000. "We'd have to look at a revenue source to pay for that," he said, adding that commissioners are considering a range of options.

To assuage another series of complaints that homeowners are paying for trash service at vacant homes, commissioners are considering another exemption for the approximately 1,500 properties on the county's vacant structure registry. That would cost the program another $22,000 to $23,000, Keith said.

Officials are waiting for feedback before the exemptions are scheduled for a vote, Keith said, which means the earliest they could be applied is next year.

He said there were no proposals on the table to take the solid waste payments off of tax bills, a source of angst that led to a recent lawsuit, which was dismissed last month.

But Keith was proud to report the results of a December survey, where 92 percent of the 4,500 respondents said the county's solid waste division service is good or exceptional and 86 percent had the same favorable rating for their trash hauler.

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R 3 years, 2 months ago

"We'd have to look at a revenue source to pay for that," he said, adding that commissioners are considering a range of options.

WOW sounds JUST like Washington DC doesn’t it? Gwinnet’s all grown up now.

County residents could have negotiated a better rate themselves if they WANTED to pay a YEAR in advance… THAT’S how we the "little people" define success by the way.

Here’s an option: DISBAND the county staff apparatus "nanny stating us" right now and LET us pay these folks DIRECTLY. We know we can do it cheaper, because we did it FIRST. Heck, we can even pay them for each month as we go - JUST like Gwinnett now does…

We may be stuck paying a specified hauler for the MISTAKES / SINS of our leaders due to the CONSENT order they signed until it expires, but our effort will CUT OUR costs... (to keep from being sued personally among other things just read it)

The firms can use their existing customer service centers and report what addresses DROP from their PAID rosters as time goes on and the county can take action then, instead of starting with the assumption Gwinnett Citizens are all crooks from the get go.

After all, most of us out here are NOT your co-workers – COMMISIONERS, but I guess you do have to watch us closely - we did ELECT you didn’t we? And how can you really trust those so easily snookered?

And now you have ... the REST of the story.... "Good Day."

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NorcrossDot 3 years, 2 months ago

TO R - Good Post. and to think I was just paying $10.00 a month until the County Government step and said let us help of you. LOL No additional service for almost double the price. The "sheeples" win again.

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Karl 3 years, 2 months ago

I'm not a fan of the current trash plan either, but I call BS on your $10/month claim

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Mack711 3 years, 2 months ago

@ NorcrossDot Before the County trash plan forced us to do business with some one we did not want. My employer permited us to use the dumpsters at our work place. it was convient and easy to use. It was as he put it a benefit of working there. Now we pay the garbage fee in advance, while the county gets a non intrest loan that they make intrest on, plus there is a county fee for this service. Let us pay the hauler direct and cut the county completly out.

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HonestIngine 3 years, 2 months ago

Peachtree Corners,has trash as a city service...along with code enforcement, and zoning....we'll see how much the council can save it's residents....

Think the county has to wait until the contract expires, that's why the seniors won't get a break.. Political move by the "we're here to help" commissioners...

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R 3 years, 2 months ago

FYI - A CONSENT order isn't REALLY a contract ...

But it does allow government to do things and get away with it - that it can’t legally do through normal operational policy and regulations.

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Gundoctor1 3 years, 2 months ago

So does this mean, I can move to an Apartment, pay no property taxes like the property owners do, and get my trash picked up free???

Sounds like a deal to me.

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Doodaddy57 3 years, 2 months ago

Probably doesn't matter, because the issue is tabled, but seems like the Council, in their infinite wisdom, could at least define "senior" What is it, 55? 62? 65?.........

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Don 3 years, 2 months ago

Speaking of the revenue source the couty get $1.25 per property as a service fee. When they entered into this socialist trash plan to help us out they said it would affect 180,000 houses. So the county is collecting $225,000 per month or a $2.7 million per year. I think I could bill and run a small call center on this.

Yet another government plan that failed the citizens! I only wish they would explain the money trail on this.

I guess they need this to help fund the stadium shortage. What will be used to fund the airport debacle if it goes?

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