A three-time mayor of the town of Quartzsite, AZ announced last week that he is in the process of forming a public-private partnership as a response to the Yakima judgment.
Charles Oldham released a press statement saying “La Paz Disposal, LLC is spearheading an effort by concerned citizens to form a $15,000,000 Public-Private Partnership (“PPP”) for waste management and disposal.”
“As everyone knows, La Paz County needs to quickly raise capital in order to satisfy the Judgment entered against it in Yakima Compost Company v. La Paz County Case No. CV 2003- 0119. It just makes sense to me to see that these monies come from the private sector instead of through new taxes.
“The original judgment has grown to over $14m with interest accruing monthly,” he continued. “I have lined-up a $15,000,000 financing package from the private sector with those who are willing to invest in a new PPP with La Paz County. After paying off the judgment, the PPP will manage and operate waste management and disposal in La Paz County. This is a “win-win” for our entire county and those communities that exist within it.”
Oldham set up a website to support the initiative at lapazdisposal.com. No word on how viable the County thinks such an arrangement would be as a way to deal with the Yakima judgment.