San Benito County, Calif., diverted $4.8 million of rate-payer funds from the Landfill-Solid Waste enterprise to the General Fund and failed to address the environmental concerns or transportation impacts of that move. Additionally, the county implemented an agreement with its landfill operator Waste Connections to increase the amount of out-of-county waste accepted.
Now, the county is trying to get Waste Connections to mitigate the faults in the agreement. But even if Waste Connections decides to mitigate the faults, the county will still have to return the $4.8 million to the Landfill-Solid Waste enterprise.
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San Benito County diverted $4.8 million of rate-payer funds from the Landfill-Solid Waste enterprise to the General Fund and implemented a crippling agreement with the landfill operator to increase acceptance of out-of-county waste in order to get their hands on the money. In addition to diverting the funds, which the county denies was illegal, its own internal documents reveal that it failed to take adequate actions to protect the landfill capacity, address the environmental concerns or transportation impacts including road maintenance/litter, and failed to obtain a any revenue increase from out-of-county waste, which was the agreement’s original purpose.
From the public policy point of view, this operation was a failure while adding significant indirect costs and adverse impacts to the county residents.