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Lee Co. garbage fees in judge’s hands

 It's now up to a judge to settle an argument between Lee County officials and decide how people will pay their garbage fees.

The Tax Office and County Commissioners have filed legal briefs to have their disagreement settled in court.

County commissioners ordered the tax office to start collecting the fees along with property taxes.

The Board of Tax Assessors asked county commissioners to repeal that ordinance.

They said no.

Commissioners say they made the change because too many people weren't paying their garbage bills.

"It gets to become a question of fairness between the 80% of people who do pay and the 20% who choose not and refuse not to pay. The Lee County Board of Commissioners came to the obvious conclusion that the best thing to do is to put it on the tax roll to improve those collections."

The judge is expected to make a ruling in the next couple of days.

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