Some cities and towns are being reimbursed for landfill closure costs. The department of Environmental Protection is repaying a total of about 4 million dollars. 12 communities in the state will get a total of almost 2 hundred thousand dollars.
A check for 15 thousand 837 dollars and 76 cents was presented to the city of Presque Isle. It’s money that the state is paying back to communities for costs for cleaning up or closing landfills. A proposal in the legislature 2 years ago enabled the Department of Environmental protection to look at all the fees assessed on solid waste.
Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection Patricia Aho says, “I am pleased that the department and the governor signed into law that particular proposal to make sure that the fees structure for solid waste was adequate and also to target this to make sure that we started paying back our debts to municipalities.
With budget issues that have been concerning for Presque Isle, as City Manager Jim Bennet says this type of repayment especially helps after being hit with the revenue sharing perspective. “Everything we get one way or the other, eventually translates down so it doesn’t have to be paid for by citizens or users.”
Aho says these repayments are part of the states efforts to pay back the debts that haven’t been made since 2000. She adds, “a number of municipalities such as Presque isle here or even Tri-Community had incurred for doing the right thing.”
Aho has presented checks to other towns as well, with more to come which governor Paul LePage commends Aho for as doing the right thing. A check for 72,918.16 was presented to Tri-Community Recycling and Sanitary Landfill, which has completed a number of projects in the communities they serve.
Mark Draper, The Tri-Community Recycle and Sanitary Director says, “the funding we’ll receive will be used essentially to continue our mission of providing cost effective waste disposal for the residents and businesses were serve here in aroostook county.
The checks currently being paid are only a portion of what’s owed to communities. So Patricia Aho says the Department of Environmental Protection is committed to paying it’s bills, and will continue to send payments to communities until costs are paid in full.