RUSTBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Campbell County and the City of Lynchburg are going to court with Nelson and Appomattox County.
“That was an outcome of some decisions that Appomattox and Nelson County have made with regard to the Region 2000 Service Authority,” said Campbell County Administrator Frank Rogers.
Rogers said Nelson and Appomattox voted against releasing excess revenue generated by the regional landfill to Campbell County and the City of Lynchburg.
“This year, for the first time, since the inception of the regional authority, Nelson and Appomattox voted to block that payment,” Rogers said.
The City of Lynchburg stands to lose almost $300,000 this fiscal year. For Campbell County, it’s about $1 million.
“The city manager and staff always plan to have the resources that they know are available, so anytime the resources are lessened, it affects services for our residents,” said Lynchburg Mayor Treney Tweedy.
“The county relies on these funds in the adoption of every year’s budget,” said Rogers. “This year, we will certainly have to move forward with budgeting in anticipation that those payments won’t be coming.”
In a statement, Appomattox County Administrator Susan Adams wrote that Campbell County and Lynchburg have already been paid for their assets and the excess revenue could be better used to offset current and future expenses strictly for the landfill.
Rogers says that isn’t true. That money is still owed to Campbell County, according to him. Now, they’re going to court.
“We’ll ask the courts to clarify whether or not the payment due to Campbell is mandated or discretionary,” Rogers said.
On top of this, Campbell also voted to cancel the water purchase agreement they have with Appomattox County, which expires in the year 2030.
In short, if there’s no excess revenue from the landfill, then after the year 2030 there’s no water for Appomattox.
“If Appomattox is not inclined to be neighborly with Campbell County and respect its longstanding agreement, there was less interest in continuing to work collegially with Appomattox, which is a shame,” Rogers said.
In a phone call with Nelson County Administrator Stephen Carter, he says it’s simple. Releasing the revenue is subject to a vote, and this year it was a tie. In the event of a tie, no action is taken.
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