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Jacksboro residents to see fees for garbage collection, hydrant usage

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By Dwane Wilder

JACKSBORO—Officials here gave final approval last Thursday night to implement the town’s first ever fire hydrant and garbage collection fees.

The Caryville-Jacksboro Utilities Commission will collect the fees, which will be added to the monthly water bill of each residence or business beginning in November.

The fee will be immediately abolished if a town property tax is ever levied, according to a stipulation in the town’s ordinance.  

Households, both inside and outside the town limits, served by the Jacksboro Fire Department will pay a fire hydrant fee. Inside the town limits, approximately 928 households will be charged a fee of $1.20 per month. The fee will be $2.20 per month for 528 homes outside the town limits. 

The fire protection fee for commercial businesses will be $10 per month for buildings up to 10,000 square feet and $20 per month for buildings more than 10,000 square feet.

The garbage pickup fee of $5.30 per month per household will be charged only to those inside the town limits that currently have service. Depending on the need for additional funding in the future, the garbage collection fee could go up to but not exceed $10.60 per month per household.

Three public hearings on the fire hydrant and garbage collection fees were held in August to give citizens a chance to voice their opinions, but there was little to no opposition from the public.