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CITY WANTS MORE PAPER

Dade City hopes to help the planet and make a little cash by collecting paper.

If you want to help the environment and several local agencies, bring your recyclables to City Hall.

Last week, a bright green recycling bin was set up in the parking lot behind City Hall at 38020 Meridian Ave. Here, residents can drop off paper, cardboard, phone books, magazines and cereal boxes for recycling.

U.S. GreenFiber LLC recycles the paper products into insulation to be sold locally to stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's. Dade City gets $15 for every ton collected.

The GreenFiber collection point is next to newspaper and aluminum can recycling bins, which benefit East Pasco Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity, respectively.

"We're developing a one stop recycling center," said Mayor Scott Black.

GreenFiber bins have been established at many Pasco schools, which also benefit from the revenues.

"The schools are really motivated on recycling," said Tammy English, GreenFiber recycling coordinator. "Probably one of the best schools does 6 tons per month."

It's not clear how much money Dade City will collect on the venture. City Manager Billy Poe said any profits received will benefit the city's general fund.

In other news, Zephyrhills City Council member Manny Funes approached Dade City officials Tuesday evening about finding a possible alternative to using Pasco County Animal Services.

Zephyrhills has been contemplating hiring its own animal control officer instead of contracting with the county. Funes has argued that such a move would be more cost-effective and provide residents with a better quality of service.

Funes wanted to see if Dade City might piggyback onto the venture. He noted that this year Dade City paid Pasco County about $28,300 for Animal Services. He said if Zephyrhills hired its own animal control officer, Dade City could share in those services for only $9,433.

City officials did not make any decision on the matter.

Dade City also held its first public hearing on the proposed $19 million budget for 2009-10. The budget is based on a tax rate of $7.10 in tax for every $1,000 in taxable property value. The final hearing isat 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

Helen Anne Travis can be reached at htravis@sptimes.com or (813) 435-7312.

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