Thursday, January 14, 2010
(Monticello) — Chairman Rouis announced Thursday the formation of a Select
Committee to review the Solid Waste User Fee schedule adopted last December.
The Solid Waste Review Committee will be chaired by Legislature
Vice Chairman Elwin "Woody” Wood will be comprised of Legislators Hiatt, Sager
and Sorensen, as well as County Treasurer Ira J. Cohen, County Manager David P.
Fanslau, County Attorney Sam Yasgur, Real Property Tax Director Lynda Levine,
Jeremy Gorelich, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Sullivan County
Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the Supervisors, County Tax
Collectors, and County Assessors Associations.
The immediate charge of the Select Committee will be to review
the Real Property Class Codes and the assigned Solid Waste User Fee,
particularly of the non-residential property class codes, to recommend
reductions to current Solid Waste User Fees, and to expand the Solid Waste User
Fee schedule to more equitably assign charges to the various Real Property Class
Codes and sub-codes.
The Committee will also review the work that was completed by
staff on the possibility of creating either a Solid Waste District, or a Solid
Waste Authority, to fund the Solid Waste System. The Solid Waste System is
separated into a Special Revenue Fund that will prevent any funds generated by
either the tipping fee, per bag fee, or direct-billed user fee from being used
to fund any other part of the County Budget.
The Committee is also committed to review reducing the fees
assessed to volunteer and emergency first responder organizations.
“The Legislature made a commitment last December to revisit the
Solid Waste User Fee schedule,” said Rouis. “The County has an obligation to
repay outstanding debt associated with the Solid Waste System, and to review and
revise the revenue model to fund the Solid Waste System.”
“The Select Committee will be charged with completing its
initial review of the Solid Waste User Fee schedule in 90 days,” said Rouis.
“Thereafter, the Select Committee shall complete its review of the revenue
model, and submit a report with recommendations on further revisions to the
Solid Waste User Fee Local Law, the creation of a Solid Waste District or a
Solid Waste Authority, and the appropriate level of Solid Waste services to be
provided by the County Government,” concluded Rouis.
For more information please contact, Ann Marie Marlin, Clerk of
the Legislature, (845) 807-0435.