Wednesday, September 14, 2011
BY PAUL HAMPEL • firstname.lastname@example.org 314-727-6234
A state appeals court in St. Louis on Tuesday ruled against a group of St. Louis County residents who had claimed that being forced to pay for curbside recycling pickups that they did not request violated the state Hancock Amendment, which requires a public vote on new taxes.
The residents, who live in unincorporated areas of the county, sued the county in 2009. A county circuit court ruled against them; Tuesday's decision upheld the trial court's ruling.
The county set up the trash districts in 2008 and required all residents of unincorporated areas to contract with waste haulers for a "minimum level of service," which was to include weekly trash and recycling pickups.
The case had been before the Missouri Supreme Court. The supreme court sent the case back to the appellate court after it ruled in favor of the county in a separate suit that challenged the county's creation of the trash districts. The high court ruled that establishment of the districts was within the county's authority.
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