San Juan County Unincorporated Area Solid Waste Charge (November 2011)

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A San Juan County Unincorporated Area Solid Waste Charge measure was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in San Juan County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 2,423 (31.98%)
  • NO 5,154 (68.02%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to impose a fee in the unincorporated areas of the county for solid waste usage. The money generated from the fee would have gone towards paying for management, maintenance and operational costs of the solid waste system throughout the county.[2] County officials stated that since the fee was not approved, the county will likely have to shut down county transfer stations. Curb side pickup may also be stopped, depending on if private companies believe the service is still profitable for them. Questions about the legality of a parcel fee for garbage collection was raised, but the county prosecutor stated that the link between land use and waste generated will most likely ensure the legality of the measure, though opponents still could take the issue to court.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall San Juan County, Washington, impose a solid waste user charge for a period of 15 years upon real property in its unincorporated areas in proportion with its calculated burden of solid waste to fund current and future maintenance and operations, including operational and capital reserves and capital needs of the County system of solid waste disposal, and debt service, coverage ratios and reserves for warrants, notes, bonds and other evidences of indebtedness which are related to the management of solid waste all as provided by Ordinance No. 19-2011?[4]