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Environmental Services: Solid Waste Disposal and Collection Assessments For New Dwellings

The Clay County Solid Waste Disposal and Collection Assessments are levied against all residential property in the unincorporated areas of the County each fiscal year (the City of Green Cove Springs and the Town of Orange Park are also included in the Solid Waste Disposal Assessment). The Disposal Assessment is formulated by a monthly base rate of $6.00. The Collection Assessment is formulated at a monthly base rate of $11.60. Each year the Assessment is levied through the annual Ad Valorem Tax bill as a Non Ad Valorem Special Assessment. A new dwelling is not yet on the Tax Roll; therefore, it will be charged a Disposal and Collection Assessment at the time of the final inspection for electricity. The amount is equal to the sum of the rates listed above per month, per dwelling, times the number of months remaining until the dwelling is listed and certified on the annual Tax Roll. Depending upon the date of the final inspection, a payment will be required for the months remaining in the current fiscal year (ending September 30 each year) together with the 12 months of the following fiscal year. At this time, the dwelling will have been added to the Tax Roll and will be assessed through the Tax bill method.

Attached is an example illustration of assessment charges due for each particular month during the calendar year:

2016-2017-Approved-Prorated-Assessment-Fee-Worksheetweb


Q.  What are the Assessments?

A.  Although the Assessments are collected on the property tax bill, they are not taxes.  Rather, they are charges for particular services provided by the County for the benefit of the assessed property.  By law, the value of the benefit can be no less than the amount of the Assessments.

Q.  What is the purpose of the Disposal Assessment?

A.  Florida law requires each county to provide facilities for the disposal of solid waste generated within the county.  The Disposal Assessment funds the cost of providing such facilities to residential properties located within the County’s unincorporated area and within the City of Green Cove Springs and the Town of Orange Park.  The Disposal Assessment does not pay for the cost of collecting and delivering solid waste to the disposal facilities.

Q.  What is the purpose of the Collection Assessment?

A.  The Collection Assessment funds the cost of collecting solid waste and recovered materials from residential properties located within the County’s unincorporated area and delivering the same to the County’s solid waste disposal facilities.  The Collection Assessment does not pay for the cost of disposal.

Q.  Why use the Assessments to fund solid waste services?

A.  Every parcel of residential property produces solid waste that must be collected and delivered to a facility for disposal.  The Assessments allow the costs of providing the collection and disposal services to be spread evenly among the residential solid waste producers, regardless of how much each individual producer pays in taxes.  All residences charged with the Assessments pay the same cost for the same service.  The full and equal participation by all helps reduce the cost of the service as a whole and the individual cost to each.

Q.  Do the Assessments apply to all residential property in Clay County?

A.  The Disposal Assessment applies to all improved residential property located within the County’s unincorporated area and within the City of Green Cove Springs and the Town of Orange Park.  The Collection Assessment applies only to residential property located within the County’s unincorporated area.  Each parcel of residential property not subject to the Disposal Assessment pays an equivalent disposal cost through collection fees charged by their municipality.

Q.  What benefits will the Assessments provide to landowners in Clay County?

A.  The Assessments provide a cost effective and financially stable means of funding solid waste disposal facilities and collection services.  The County is expected to continue to levy the Assessments each year and to collect them on the tax bill.  Because all residential properties within the County’s unincorporated area, within the City of Green Cove Springs and the Town of Orange Park must pay the Disposal Assessment, and all residential properties within the unincorporated area must pay the Collection Assessment, therefore greater numbers of residents are participating in a properly managed program for collecting and disposing of solid waste, resulting in lower individual costs and a healthier environment.

Q.  Who is responsible for collection of solid waste in the unincorporated areas of the county and the Town of Orange Park? Who should you contact to request an appliance or large item pick up? Who should you contact for questions about daily pick up limits and what is accepted?

A.  Advanced Disposal Services and they can be reached at (904)695-0500 or 1-866-779-2529.

Q.  Who is responsible for the collection of solid waste in the city of Green Cove Springs?

A. Residents in the City of Green Cove Springs should call (904) 297-7500 Option 1.

Q.  Where can I get more information?

A.  If you have  other questions regarding the Assessments, you may write the Clay County Department of Environmental Services, 3545 Rosemary Hill Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043,  or call one of the following numbers:

 

Green Cove Springs  Orange Park/Middleburg
Keystone Heights 
(904) 297-7500 Option 1  269-6374     473-2112 ext. 6374

 

Residents in the City of Green Cove Springs should call the City at: (904) 297-7500 Option 1

Residents in the Town of Orange Park should call the Town at: 278-3018 or 264-7411

If you have had one of the following situations occur on your property during the past year, please contact the Department of Environmental Services, at one of the above telephone numbers, for the necessary forms:

  • Dwelling removal
  • Replacement of dwelling
  • Joined mobile homes
  • Reclassification of property (property is serviced by a County franchised commercial hauler)
  • Incorrect number of dwellings assessed
  • Vacant dwelling unit – assessments must be previously paid before a refund will be made. Any request for an annual vacancy credit must be filed with the County within 60 days of the end of the current fiscal year (September 30). Failure to file such request within the time permitted shall constitute a waiver of such right.

Be sure to have the property’s parcel number handy when requesting assistance!!