PayPal move costs county taxpayers

By Andy Winemiller -

DOBSON — A move by county commissioners in response to a company boycotting North Carolina will cost county taxpayers additional funds.

On Monday the Surry County Board of Commissioners will receive an update on the board’s directive that all county departments no longer use PayPal or any third-party vendor which uses PayPal.

The measure came after PayPal announced plans to halt an expansion into North Carolina after state lawmakers passed House Bill 2, the controversial piece of legislation known as “the bathroom bill.”

In a memorandum, Finance Officer Sarah Bowen describes the move away from PayPal. It is more difficult for some departments than for others, citing the tax department and inspections department as the two departments still using PayPal.

In the inspections department, the county will incur a cost of $7,260 to move away from a vendor which uses PayPal, according to the document. The cost of such a move is still unknown for the tax department’s operations.

The board will also consider franchising, or licensing, trash haulers in the county. The proposed legislation would require solid-waste collectors to file for a permit and show proof of liability insurance.

Additionally, haulers would have to pay $300 with their permit applications. The permit would last for three years.

According to documentation in the board’s packet, there are 19 companies which do business in the area of solid-waste removal in Surry County.

As previously reported, there will also be a public hearing on the recommended budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Monday’s evening is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the government center, located at 118 Hamby Road in Dobson.

By Andy Winemiller

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