A lit­tle more time

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com


New­ton County ex­tended the dead­line to pur­chase ve­hi­cle tags for its trash col­lec­tion con­ve­nience cen­ters to Tues­day, Oct. 25.

Start­ing then, New­ton County cit­i­zens will be re­quired to dis­play the hang tag in or­der to dis­pose of their trash at one of the county’s 11 cen­ters.

Res­i­dents may pur­chase hang tags Mon­day through Fri­day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through the re­main­der of the year — ex­clud­ing county hol­i­days — at the New­ton County Fire Ser­vice head­quar­ters, 4136 High­way 278, Cov­ing­ton and the New­ton County Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Au­thor­ity, 11325 Brown Bridge Road, Cov­ing­ton.

The tags were created and im­ple­mented after the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers de­cided to charge for the trash col­lec­tion con­ve­nience cen­ters to help bal­ance its fis­cal year 2017 bud­get. The tags were an­tic­i­pated to gen­er­ate $1 mil­lion dol­lars, with the clo­sure of the cen­ters in Fe­bru­ary to save an­other $1 mil­lion.

As of Fri­day, the county had sold 2,960 ve­hi­cle hang tags for a to­tal of $148,025. Orig­i­nally tags were needed to be pur­chased by Oct. 15.

The tags will ex­pire June 30 or when the cen­ters close, which­ever comes first.

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