Since 2000, Idaho County has seen the cost of solid waste management more than double, as this annual budget line has grown from $780,000 to $1.76 million – a total increase of nearly $1 million. The relative stability of the early 2000s gave way to a sharp rise from 2006-2008. That surge was followed by relative stability from 2009-2012, which commissioner Skip Brandt on Jan. 26 attributed to dumpster consolidation in the Clearwater Valley during the mid-to-late 2000s. A half-million dollar rise since 2012 has made reform one of the commission’s priorities.
Not all of the cost is covered by the fees county landowners and businesses pay, as some of the burden – including $74,619 last year, or about five percent of the total – has fallen on local property tax payers as a whole.
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The days for anonymously dumping any amount of any kind of solid waste at any time of day or night any day of the week aren’t yet numbered, but the Idaho County Commission recently heard testimony describing one possible end of the old way.
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