The vote on Proposition No. 2 will decide the fate of solid waste services in San Juan County. Here are some important points (found in the San Juan County Council’s Resolution 43-2011) related to this ballot measure:
Remaining excise taxes will be available to pay for existing levels of litter, noxious weeds, beach watchers and household hazardous waste roundups but will be limited in the amount of funding available for these and other waste disposal and reduction programs.
The Council has unanimously endorsed the user charge as the best way to a sustainable future for a solid waste program with robust self-haul, waste disposal and waste reduction components.
The user charge, if approved by the voters, will provide the additional revenue needed to maintain self-haul facilities on three islands, to reinstate solid waste services on additional islands, to pay back the debt, to pay necessary infrastructure improvements and compliance costs, and to maintain and expand waste disposal and reduction programs.
I recognize that there are improvements needed in San Juan County’s solid waste program.
The county has a highly qualified and capable new director of Public Works, and I am confident that he is up to the challenge.
If voters want to have a say in how solid waste is handled in the future, vote in favor of Proposition 2. Only if Proposition 2 is approved will there be an option for the county (or another public or non-profit entity) to manage our self-haul facilities with any profits kept in the program to reduce customer costs and/or expand services.
Please join me in voting Yes on Proposition 2.