Lemon: landfill and 2012 budget big issues

For a while it looked impossible but Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon says he is now optimistic about the chance that garbage from Cache County will end up being sent to a landfill in Box Elder County. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Lemon said Box Elder County Commissioners are working on a proposal they will send to Logan and Cache County.A few years ago under NURLA, a group of Northern Utah entities including Cache County and Logan, came close to an agreement with the Box Elder County Commission but then Lemon says negotiations broke down.”I really hope that we can get past some of those issues and see if we can’t reach an agreement that would make sense for Logan City, Cache County and for Box Elder County,” Lemon said. “Really, as I look at all the factors, I think there are advantages for Box Elder County to do this; I think there are advantages for us to do it. “We need to do everything we can to see if we can’t overcome whatever objections each party brings up and see if we can’t make it happen.”Meanwhile, Lemon says the process will continue in Cache County of rezoning land near Clarkston which has been designated for a landfill site if Cache and Box Elder counties are not able to work things out.Coming up with a budget for 2012 is also going to be a challenge according to Lemon. While sales tax figures have gone up this year Lemon says they were down to the 2009 figures for the month of July. Lemon said he thought this would be a better year for construction but instead it is down by 35 to 40 percent.”Building is just not taking place,” Lemon said. “I think contractors and others that are in the building business can tell you that it’s just a depressed economy right now as far as economy. At this point in time I don’t see a recovery.”He said the area where Cache County has had the most downturn is in the area of land sales, the sale of land itself. Lemon believes what is needed to improve the economy is more consumer spending. He says he struggles when entities raise taxes because if you take more of their income in taxes you can’t expect to see people go out and spend money.

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