Chief Doesn't have to Pay his Garbage Bill
GOING TO BELIEVE THIS ONE!
Ken Jackson, Magistrate Judge, happened to be in his office the
last week and was there long enough to hold court.
Monticello’s Police Chief, Dan
Norris, owes over 2 years for his curbside pick up and has refused
(We will note that Mr. Norris is notorious for not paying his
property taxes on a timely basis either.)
Presently Mr. Norris owes $301.35
for past curbside service and $36 for the present quarter.
From what sources have told us, Mr. Norris has used some
“Constitutional rights” argument of he didn’t have a choice in who
picked up his garbage, and he doesn’t think he should have to pay
his curbside garbage bill. Believe it or not,
Judge Jackson ruled in his favor!
We tried repeatedly to contact the Judge yesterday about the
ruling, but he wasn’t in his office--no one was sure where he
was. Again, sources tell us that
Mr. Norris argued that he should
have the right to choose who he wants for garbage service, and
therefore shouldn’t have to pay the bill.
What does this mean for the rest of us? Why should we have to
pay our bill??
Questions for Judge Jackson—How
many other people have been brought before the Magistrate Court
for curbside past due bills? How many others “got off” for not
paying? Was this ruling made for Chief Norris because he is the
City Police Chief? Has Chief Norris been using the service for
the past 2 years and now just decided that he should have a
choice? Who represented the County in this case? Can it be
We have also called
Curbside to see how much is owed overall to the County by
delinquent payers. They don’t know! They can look up
individual bills, but from what we were told, they don’t have an
overall printout of delinquent payers. How do you collect if you
don’t have a printout? It’s hard to believe our county offices
are really run so poorly. The County Manager has said the
delinquent accounts stand at $137,000, but we haven’t seen any
figures to back that up.
say it. Ken Jackson is getting paid as a full-time Magistrate
Judge. He is rarely in his office. On top of his regular salary,
Jackson was given a $20,000 supplement by our previous County
Administrator, Mr. Peevy. Judge Jackson has hurt the County
tremendously with this ruling. There is no telling how many
people will now decide not to pay their garbage bill. Maybe
that’s why the City wants their part of the billing. By putting
it on the Utility bill, there won’t be questionable rulings like
this—and the City can go up on the fee whenever they decide to do
so. Think about it!