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(A) Annual fee.
(1) In accordance with G.S. § 153A-292(b), an annual fee shall be imposed on all improved properties in the county that benefits from the availability of the convenience centers and landfill facility.
(2) This fee is to be imposed to recover the costs of operating the recycling/convenience center system throughout the rural county and to recover the costs of siting, constructing, operating, and maintaining solid waste sorting, reduction, and disposal facilities. This fee shall be imposed on all dwelling units and individual businesses located in areas outside the incorporated areas of the county which do not have a recognized licensed private contractor. Said fee shall be determined annually by the Board of Commissioners and adopted as part of its budget ordinance.
(1) Property owners who make a formal request to be exempt and are served by a licensed private contractor, who collects and disposes of solid waste but not recyclables in a private facility outside the county, or pays a tipping fee at the transfer station, will be charged a modified availability/household user fee. Said fee shall be determined annually by the Board of Commissioners and adopted as part of its budget ordinance;
(2) Property that is not habitable or not in use during the fiscal year for activities which would generate solid waste; and
(3) Property owners within the municipalities of Norlina, Warrenton, and Macon whose solid waste is collected by the municipality which already pays a fee to the county for the availability and use of its disposal facility.
(C) Certification. No exemption shall be granted without proper documentation by the property owner. Tax payers will have until December 1 to submit to the Tax Assessor’s Office evidence for exemption(s) as follows:
(1) Valid contract with a private hauler that disposes of solid waste collected outside of the county or who pays a tipping fee at the transfer station. The contract must have been effective on July 1 of the fiscal year in which the tax bill was issued; or
(2) Verification by the Tax Assessor’s Office that there is no electrical service to the property.
(D) Billing. In accordance with G.S. § 153A-292, property owners will be billed for the availability fee along with the annual property tax billing, will be payable in the same manner as property taxes, and in case of nonpayment, may be collected in any manner by which delinquent personal or real property taxes can be collected.
(Ord. passed 12-5-2016)