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Durango plastic bag fee to be decided by council

The Durango City Council appears likely to approve a 10-cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags at the supermarket checkout with the first vote tentatively scheduled for its regular meeting July 16.

The other option was to put it to a referendum, but the majority of councilors were convinced enough public support for the fee exists to go ahead and settle the issue.

“I?m ready,” Councilor Dean Brookie said Tuesday during a study session.

Of the five-member council, only Councilor Keith Brant opposes the fee, which is intended to reduce litter and promote reusable bags. The fee likely would go into effect in early 2014.

Brant thought it better to the let the voters decide a contentious issue.

— The Durango Herald

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