Hearing the Public on Rural Recycling

Last night the Board of Commissioners held the first of two public hearings on the possibility of instituting a solid waste service tax district in rural Orange County. We heard from about 20 speakers. Good points were made on both sides of the argument for and against using a property tax to pay for a system of roadside recycling for more than 15,000 households.

The second of our scheduled public hearings on this topic will occur on April 1 at 6 PM at the Department of Social Services in Hillsborough – the old WalMart building.

We asked staff to build on an existing FAQ to go on the county website and to distribute at the next hearing. Prior to the hearing I submitted two questions to add that were gleaned from residents’ e-mails. We asked staff to respond to questions brought up last night by members of the public, and commissioners asked their own, additional questions.

Unfortunately some folks came to the hearing in Chapel Hill assuming the commissioners were not going to listen and had already made up our minds. Hope no one is spreading that mistaken impression. That’s not the case – certainly not for me.

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