June 18, 2008

Garbage Districts Drop Challenge to Voter Box Elder Co. Initiative

By Kristen Moulton, The Salt Lake Tribune

Jun. 18--BRIGHAM CITY -- The board representing garbage districts in five northern Utah counties decided unanimously this morning to drop its challenge of a voter initiative in Box Elder County.

The Northern Utah Regional Landfill Authority board, comprised of elected officials from Davis to Cache County, instead turned its attention to defeating the initiative set for November's ballot.

Opponents of selling Box Elder County's Little Mountain Landfill to NURLA gathered more than 4,000 petition signatures last winter. That allows voters to support or overrule a decision made by the Box Elder County Commission last December.

The NURLA board this spring sued in 2nd District Court, arguing the matter was not open to a referendum. But Judge Ben Hadfield ruled against NURLA.

Box Elder County Commissioner Clark Davis made the motion this morning to get on with the campaign rather than appealing the judge's ruling to the Supreme Court.

"We communicated as a body that our intent was to refer to the court to have it's opinion," said Davis, who added that the board should "live with the decision."

The board now has to figure out how it will campaign for the sale of the landfill since by law, it can't use public money to do so.

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