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Keep Bringing Out Your Dead in Maury County…For Now, Anyway

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Livestock carcasses will continue to be picked up in Maury County, at least for another six months, after the county Budget Committee voted earlier this week to extend a collection-and-disposal contract valued at $20,700 with the Appertain Corp. and the South Central Tennessee Development District, The (Columbia) Daily Herald reports.

The 5-1 vote came after debate over whether the program constitutes an unnecessary subsidy or rather a worthwhile public service that also happens to primarily benefit a key regional economic sector.

“When it comes down to using our tax dollars to subsidize a business expense, I don’t like that, because I don’t think that’s how tax dollars should be spent,” said Commissioner June Beckum.

Mayor Jim Bailey countered that Maury County is one of the top cattle-producing counties in Tennessee,  and local ranchers “produce several millions of dollars worth of income for us and a tremendous property tax base for us.”

According to the paper, the county allocated another $1,000 “to fund a study to come up with a long-term solution,” but the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service has yet to complete it.