Garbage tax on ballot in Tangipahoa

Voters in rural Tangipahoa Parish will be asked to approve a property tax proposition in support of parish landfill operations on the Dec. 8 ballot.

Rural Garbage District No. 1, which includes all unincorporated areas of the parish, is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 10-mill ad valorem tax projected to generate $2.3 million in annual revenues.

If approved, the tax would run from 2013 to 2022 and help fund operations at the Tangipahoa Parish Solid Waste Facility on Hano Road near Independence, parish Finance Director Jeff McKneely said.

“This millage enables residents to use the landfill for free, instead of paying $28 per ton at the gate, like the (residents of) incorporated areas and businesses do,” McKneely said.

The tax also subsidizes rural-area garbage haulers, who charge $12 per ton — a discount of $16 per ton — to transport residents’ trash to the landfill, he said.

The millage and tipping fees comprise the landfill’s entire budget, McKneely said.