SWMA sets rules for hang­tag hard­ship ap­pli­ca­tion process

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DARRYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

At its Thurs­day night meet­ing, the New­ton County Solid Waste Management Au­thor­ity (SWMA) ap­proved the dis­count and eli­gi­bil­ity guide­lines for cit­i­zens want­ing to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion for a hard­ship waiver for the pur­chase of a dis­counted con­ve­nience cen­ter hang­tag.

Cit­i­zens ap­proved for the hard­ship waiver will re­ceive a $45 dis­count off the regular price of $145 for a full ser­vice hang­tag, bring­ing the cost of the tag to $100. Solid Waste Man­ager Kevin Wal­ter said the $45 amounts to a one third dis­count on the tag.

To qual­ify for the dis­counted tags, cit­i­zens need to bring ev­i­dence of qual­i­fi­ca­tion for SSI (Sup­ple­men­tal Se­cu­rity In­come) or their tax re­turn or weekly pay stub show­ing that they are at or be­low 125 per­cent of the fed­eral poverty guide­lines level to the His­toric Court­house where the hang­tags are be­ing sold.

In May, the au­thor­ity ap­proved of­fer­ing dis­counted hang­tags to cit­i­zens who can prove the regular $145 fee for the full ser­vice tag will cre­ate a fi­nan­cial hard­ship for them.

One dol­lar was added to the orig­i­nal pro­posed fee of $144 to go into a sep­a­rate fund to fi­nance the dis­counted tags. Wal­ter said the

fund has about $5,000.

He said there are two clerks as­signed to sell the hang­tags and one of those em­ploy­ees will be re­spon­si­ble for the hard­ship ap­pli­ca­tions.

“Peo­ple can come to the hang­tag of­fice, bring their ap­pli­ca­tion and that clerk will re­view their pa­per work with them and de­cide whether to ap­prove or not the ap­pli­ca­tion,” he said.

Wal­ter said the clerk will only keep the one page ap­pli­ca­tion. He said all proof of in­come in­for­ma­tion will be re­turned to the per­son who brings it in.

SWMA at­tor­ney Sam Van-Volken­burg said cit­i­zens who have al­ready pur­chased hang­tags for this year can bring the doc­u­ments in and still re­ceive the dis­count.

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