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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rockland prepares to dump its landfill

By Heather Steeves
BDN Staff 
ROCKLAND, Maine — As the city prepares to close its landfill, it’s considering removing the solid waste facility’s funding from property taxes and creating a fee-based system instead.
Plans call for closing the landfill between 2014 and 2016 in order to save money that the city currently spends on its upkeep. The closure is expected to cost the city between $3 million and $3.5 million.

The solid waste facility consists of the landfill, a transfer station, and recycling and universal waste areas. These components pay for themselves, except for the transfer station, which residents pay for through taxes.

Solid waste facility Manager Dave St.Laurent wants the facility to be self-sufficient. To do this, he proposed that the City Council remove the facility from Rockland’s general fund and instead make it its own budget line. This way, the facility can keep all the revenue it generates and save for the costs of the landfill’s closure from its own budget.

St.Laurent at a Wednesday night council meeting presented four ways to approach the facility’s budget.

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