By Max Hrenda
School, county, and city employees may not want to hold their breath waiting for their recycling bonus money.
Legal review by county attorney Keith Bowers raises the possibility the county’s recycling incentive program conflicts with some of Tennessee’s wage laws.
“(County Technical Assistance Services) is very concerned about potential audit issues,” Bowers said, during his report to the County Commission on Jan. 22. “And the state auditor is not giving us a lot of help on this program.”
County Mayor Leon Humphrey commended Bowers’ decision to delay the plan’s institution.
“There are so many issues raised with this program, it’s understandable that he didn’t want to address it,” Humphrey said. “I’m surprised the (Landfill) Committee accepted it on face value and more so that the entire commission did.”
The recycling incentive program, which was approved by the County Commission during its Nov. 19 meeting, would give city and county employees a share of revenues earned by the county through the sale of recycled materials. County Commission and Landfill Committee Chairman Joel Street, who, along with Landfill Director Benny Lyons, created the incentive program, said that he researched potential legal issues before submitting it to the committee.