New $25 Fee or Tax? – Nash County Solid Waste Program

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The Rocky Mount Telegram reported on March 24, 2014 that the Nash County Commissioners requested a $25.00 fee to be included in the next budget proposal.  This is a departure from previous protocol by excluding incorporated areas for use of Nash County convenience center fees.

“Nash County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to direct staff to include a new $25 per year convenience center fee for households in incorporated areas of the county in the budget recommendation for next fiscal year.” http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/nash-board-oks-new-solid-waste-fee-municipal-property-owners-2428043

If this is enacted residents in a Nash County Municipalities, such as Rocky Mount that already receive trash and recycling service, will be assessed a new $25 annual fee in their property tax bill.  In many cases residents will be paying for services never used.  In addition to the new fee, County and Unincorporated Municipalities will experience a $4.00 increase.  For information on fees click here and click here for the Nash County FAQ.

Is this a fee or a new form of tax?  Why should residents pay for this service they will never use ?

The Community Council encourages Nash County residents to contact their Commissioner and attend a Board of Commissioners meeting to make your thoughts known on the proposed fees.  It is likely the Nash County Commissioners will vote on this in their May meeting.

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