Citizens will need to check recycling hours before they truck their trash to the centers. Effective January 6, Williamsburg Solid Waste and Recycling Centers are closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New recycling hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The centers will not be closed for lunch.
The hours of operation were cut as a result of budget shortfalls reported earlier in The News. Williamsburg County Council grappled with a budget deficient since March when Supervisor Dr. Tiffany Wright said there were overestimated revenues. Over the months council was presented a total of 15 options to consider on the 2019-2020 budget. The options included a $40 first responder fee to vehicle tax and two separate employee furloughs. Changes were made after each meeting.
Council ultimately voted on an option that did not include a vehicle or real estate fee but included the reduction of recycling hours to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, as well as the deletion of hard line items, the addition of an anticipated reimbursement from FEMA of $445,771 and auctioning off equipment for an estimated total $988,681, leaving a budget surplus of $18,534.
On December 27, Wright commented on the county’s social media site regarding a backlog of negative comments regarding the cut in hours. “The main problem is that we can not continue to spend more than we bring into the county,” she said. “No longer will we spend money we don’t have; to prevent the county from bankrupting itself due to years of falling further in the hole. We had to tighten our belts, which also included cutting budgets for everyone and yes, cutting hours for the recycling center. We had a public hearing to allow the citizens to voice their opinions before these changes were made.”