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County wants to reduce out-of-county dumping
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In an effort to curb the number of vehicles bearing out-of-county license plates using Warren County convenience centers, County Commissioner Kenneth Rogers brought a motion before the county’s Policy and Personnel Committee to reward constables who cite these offenders.
His motion states, “Any constable who will write tickets for illegal tags for those who live in Warren County but buy out-of-county tags to avoid supporting the wheel tax, receive a portion of the fine. Also, in this motion, anyone who is caught by a constable dumping illegally at our dumpsters will be ticketed and that constable will receive a portion of that fine.”
“We are losing revenue sources because people are living in the county and are not paying for county tags,” said Rogers.
Warren County Sanitation Department director Steve Hillis estimates the county is losing over $40,000 a year due to out-of-county residents using Warren County’s convenience centers to dump their trash. Hillis reported his estimate to members of the county’s Health and Welfare Committee earlier in the year. According to Hillis, approximately 9 tons of trash collected each week are from out-of-county residents.
“I would like to see it carried to anywhere they see people dumping. It used to be that officers could go through illegally dumped garbage and see if they could determine where the garbage came from,” Commissioner George Smartt said.
The commissioners discussed what the fines would be for not having county tags and for illegal dumping. The members said littering carries a $500 maximum fine but they were unsure of what a minimum fine would be or how the fines are determined – by set fee or by a judge.
Smartt further stated, “I would like to add, someone needs to drive through the high school parking lot and do the same. Students who attend school here should have a county tag on their vehicle.”
Rogers decided to withdraw his motion until further research on fees and fines could be done.