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Posted on: October 4, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Campbell County Board of Supervisors Objects to Region 2000 Service Authority’s Vote to Deny Payment

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At their October 1st meeting, the Campbell County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution objecting to the recent votes from the Nelson County and Appomattox County representatives to the Region 2000 Services Authority. At the September 25th meeting of the Region 2000 Service Authority, the representatives from Nelson and Appomattox voted against releasing the annual payments that are due to Campbell County and the City of Lynchburg for the air space consumed over the prior budget year.

This unprecedented vote withheld $976,871 from Campbell County and $430,724 from the City of Lynchburg. In the absence of this funding, local funds will be required to fill the budget gap. In every prior year of the Authority’s existence, both Campbell County and the City have been compensated for that year’s air space. The Authority’s failure to award these annual payments represents a complete disregard for the spirit of the regional collaboration and places an adverse financial effect on the citizens of Campbell County (and the residents of Lynchburg, respectively).

Campbell County and the City of Lynchburg have each provided landfill airspace to the regional authority. As this air space is consumed over time, each contributing locality should receive an annual payment based upon the share of air space they contribute to the regional partnership. Neither Nelson nor Appomattox contribute any air space to the regional effort. By not awarding the payment, Nelson County and Appomattox County are effectively consuming an asset without paying for it. This defies the premise and intent of the regional partnership.

“Campbell County has a proud history of working collaboratively with our neighbors on matters of joint concern. It is highly disappointing to the Board of Supervisors that both Nelson and Appomattox have turned their backs on this collaborative history and denied these payments,” said Frank Rogers, Campbell County Administrator. “It is all the more disturbing in light of the fact that 99% of the revenues collected to pay Campbell County and Lynchburg are derived from Campbell County and Lynchburg commercial haulers.”

“Campbell and Lynchburg provide the space. Businesses in Campbell and Lynchburg pay to use the space. Nonetheless, Nelson and Appomattox have denied the payment for use of the space that is due to Campbell and the City."

In response to this disappointing action, the Board of Supervisors has directed staff to pursue any and all measures to convey Campbell County’s dissatisfaction and to pursue all legal avenues for the County’s proper compensation.

Attachments: Board Resolution

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