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Trash collection changes go into effect

The City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department will implement a new route schedule this week for garbage, recycling and yard waste collection. As a result, more than 43,000 Raleigh households will see a change in their collection day, their recycling week, or both.

The purpose for changing the route structure is largely due to Raleigh’s rapid growth. From the 2000 Census to 2012, Raleigh’s population has grown by 53 percent, with a 45.2 percent increase in housing units between 2000 and 2011. As a result, the department’s daily routes are out of balance, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays city crews were servicing about 50 percent more households than on Thursdays.

In June, the Solid Waste Services Department mailed postcards to all customers affected by these changes. Customers also may use the maps feature of the city’s website, found at http://www.raleighnc.gov/maps, to determine if they will have a change in service.

For additional information about these changes, call the Solid Waste Services Department at 919-996-6890 or visit the City of Raleigh website at www.raleighnc.gov. From staff reports

‘Tax & Tag Together’ comes due

The first combined tag and tax notices for vehicle registration renewals and newly purchased vehicles come due in September.

The new bills reflect both vehicle property tax information from counties and other taxing jurisdictions, as well as vehicle registration and inspection information. Drivers used to pay for tags and taxes separately. The new “Tag & Tax Together” program requires one payment for both bills. Both tag renewals and tax payments must be paid in full to renew your vehicle registration.

Vehicle owners with a “9” (for the month of September) sticker on their license tag are due to pay the combined bill in September. With each month that passes, additional vehicle owners will receive the new notice when their renewal is due. By mid-2014, the program should include all North Carolina vehicle owners.

Combined payments will also be due on vehicles purchased on or after Sept. 1, unless the owner elects not to pay the property tax at the point of sale. In this case, the owner will receive a limited registration plate that expires 60 days after the vehicle is titled. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will send a reminder notice to the owner stating the amount of property tax due.

For leased vehicles, the person purchasing the license plate will receive the combined bill. Leasing companies will need to make arrangements with their lessee as to how they want to collect fees and taxes. For more information, go to http://ncdot.gov/dmv/. From staff reports