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St. Joseph County, Ind., to Vote Again on Hazardous Waste Fee

The district board didn’t advertise the hearing for the first vote, rendering it unlawful.

The St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management District board in St. Joseph County, Ind., voted earlier this month to approve a fee for its hazardous waste program. However, the board is voting again since it was determined that the first vote was unlawful due to not advertising the public hearing where the vote was cast.

The fee, if approved, would add an $11 fee to property tax bills of households in South Bend, Ind., New Carlisle, Ind., and North Liberty, Ind. Everyone in the county would be able to drop off electronics, oil, paint and other hazardous items at the district’s facility.

South Bend Tribune has more information:

The fee would only affect households in areas that participate in the district’s curbside recycling program, including the city of South Bend, towns of New Carlisle and North Liberty, and unincorporated parts of the county. It wouldn’t affect the city of Mishawaka or towns of Roseland, Indian Village, Osceola, Lakeville and Walkerton.

District director Randy Przybysz said he didn’t know a public hearing notice needed to be published before the vote on the fee. He was recently alerted by the district’s attorney, Jamie Woods, about the issue.

“Jamie was reviewing something last week and saw we should advertise it,” Przybysz said. “He believed we needed to give a 10-day notice and hold a second public hearing.”

Read the full story here.

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