The Newton Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest. This week’s Newton Poll question was: “What do you think about the Board of Commissioners’ plan to implement a user fee for the county’s recycling convenience centers?” The Newton Citizen publishes as many comments as space allows. Comments, which may be edited for space or content, are published anonymously on Saturday. To submit a comment, call 770-483-7108, ext. 403, email: poll@newtoncitizen.com or complete the online form.

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“If the county charges a fee to use the recycle centers it will be like Rockdale County, people won’t use them because they have to pay. I think the recycle centers are something to be proud of. To be able to have a place to take yard waste, etc. to dump. What I have noticed for some reason every time I go, which is not often, the Dumpsters are full and not being emptied.”

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“The funds raised will come in handy when the county has to pay to have all of the litter cleaned up because of people who would rather litter than pay a fee. Ironic, isn’t it?”

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“This is going to be an administrative nightmare trying to track and keep up with the money. Next thing you know, folks will be robbing the trash centers. If you have to do this, it would be so much simpler if annual passes were sold with decals for the vehicle bringing waste. That way you can weed out those Rockdale folks that creep over to Newton to dump their trash AND you won’t have the administrative headache of tracking the money. Also, there is a line as it is so if fees are implemented, you’ll have lines backed up for blocks away from each center. Seems to me the BOC hasn’t really thought this out very well.

“As a Newton County resident, it is my understanding I have already paid for this service out of my property taxes so why do I have to pay for it a second time!?!? Can homeowners be exempt (with a decal) and renters and creepers from other counties be made to pay?

“The waste bins are always full and I frequently have to take trash back home, so it seems to me the BOC should be concerned with resolving what is already broken with that recycling system rather than goof it up more by charging fees. Again, this appears to be some sort of knee jerk reaction that has not been very well thought out.”

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“I already pay taxes… What do they want now? … My blood? … This is just going to cause more problems … We will see more trash all along the sides of the roads when people begin throwing bags out instead of using the centers!”

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“The citizens are under the impression that taxpayer money funds these sites. I guess with paying a county attorney $1 million plus is where all the money went. If a user fee is charged at the recycling centers then you will see more trash dumped on the roads and in commercial Dumpsters. At my place of business in Rockdale, we’ve had to put locks on our Dumpster to prevent this from happening because Rockdale charges to use their recycling centers.”

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“Here in Newton County we have an excellent neighborhood recycling and garbage disposal system that has been funded through property taxes. Every year when I pay my taxes I am contributing my share for the upkeep of this service. Over the past few years the benefits that county residents receive have been diminished, including fire and police protection. We are getting less, not more for our contributions. I am opposed to being charged an additional fee for the use of the disposal services. I am afraid that there are many people in the county who would not be able to come up with the money to use the facility and some of these might find an isolated road or spot in their own yard to dump their garbage. This would encourage undesirable scavenging, which could become a health issue. The Newton County commission can find other ways to cut the budget without making those of us who are already struggling financially to pay more than our fair share. I understand that they already have plans to raise the millage rate and to further cut funding of services is an undue burden.”

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