COVINGTON — Newton County residents may now purchase a discounted vehicle hang tag that permits use of the Newton County convenience centers. The hang tags, which usually cost $155 for a year, have been discounted to $75. The discounted tags are good through June 30.

The hardship hang tag rate has also been decreased to $50 for those who qualify based on income.

New hang tags for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1, will go on sale in June. The annual hang tag rate will remain at $155, and the hardship cost will be $100.

Newton County operates six trash collection convenience centers located throughout the county where residents who have purchased a hang tag can take their household garbage, bulk waste, and recyclables. Residents can deposit up to 10 bags of trash per week at the centers.

In order to purchase a hang tag, residents must complete an application and show proof of residency with a tax or utility bill, mortgage statement or lease agreement. Print out the Convenience Center Access Permit form and mail or bring in to the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

Residents may purchase hang tags online or in person at the Newton County Historic Courthouse, 1124 Clark St., Covington. In person purchases are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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G. Cribbs, Jr.

The purchasing system (specifically the pricing) is flawed!

There is a much simpler way that just makes sense; The 2019 hang tags were $155...divide that by 12 (months) and you get $12.92 (rounded) per month.

If I were to purchase a hang tag in February, I would've been charged the full $155 for a tag that expires in June (4 months for the price of 12)...if I purchase a tag on March 1, for $75, I'll be paying $25 monthly ($12.08 more per month).

Why not simply charge taxpayers for the ACTUAL number of months left in the fiscal year, instead of charging full price after July 1?

I actually went to the historic courthouse to purchase a tag this month and, at that time, was informed that it would be full price for a tag that expires in four months ($38.75 monthly) THEN, I would need to pay another $155 (assuming the price remains the same) in June, for a total of $310 (if you actually prorate the cost it would be $206). That is overcharging citizens $104!!!

There is no need to stagger expiration dates for tags purchased later, just do some simple math (calculate the actual monthly cost) and multiply that by the remaining months in the fiscal year.

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