by: Scott McCaulley
While the saga of the Fees Collected to help pay off debt of the Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District after the closure of the NABORS Landfill continues, the end may be in site.
Earlier this week at a Special Meeting of the OMSWD Board in Harrison, it was voted to not appeal a court’s decision that the imposing of an $18 Fee in the district for the purpose of retiring the debt was unconstitutional.
While the court ruling and the board’s action does not stop the fee collection immediately, it does state that any fees collected this year would be refunded by the respective County Collectors while the disposition of the past fees is yet to be determined.
Other organizations involved in this situation include Bank OZK, formerly Bank of the Ozarks, which serves as the trustee for the individual bondholders while the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality stepped in to seal the landfill after the solid waste district ceased its operation.
More hearings and orders are expected in the next few weeks to determine how and of the debt will be retired if the fee is officially discontinued.
The OMSWD comprises of officials from Baxter, Boone, Madison, Marion, and Searcy Counties with Carroll County having pulled out of the district in 2019.