County executive says controversial move still needs more time
After some members of the County Council said the County 5- cent tax on plastic and paper bags is not working to reduce bags, County Executive Ike Leggett said the fee needs more time
After the fee passed in 2011 to reduce the number of bags that end up littering the County’s streets and streams, the number of bags distributed at stores has actually increased since it became effective in 2012.
According to County statistics, the number of bags distributed at County stores averaged 4,340,438 a month in fiscal year 2012. In fiscal year 2017, the average has increased to 5,532,770 a month. Both averages were taken over five-month periods.
“I think it is having an impact, maybe not the impact we anticipated,” Leggett said of the bag tax.
At least one county council member thinks controversial bag tax should end
At least one county council member says it may be time to bag the county’s controversial bag tax.
More than five years since the County’s 5-cent tax on plastic and paper bags passed, bag use in the County has gone up not down, contrary to politicians’ promises.
Despite the effort to reduce the number of plastic bags that end up littering the County’s streets and streams, County data shows a significant increase.