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Funding waste disposal programs for certain large items, such as tires and appliances, is a challenge for local governments. To deal with this problem, North Carolina introduced an innovative program, the \"advance disposal tax,\" or taxes consumers pay on certain items when they are purchased. North Carolina was one of the first states to institute this tax. Hughes discusses why the state chose this approach and the features of the program.
Water and sewer revenues keep the state's utilities in business by covering the costs of daily expenses and providing funds for long-term system planning. Hughes examines fundamental principles behind water and sewer revenues and looks at high-priority decisions that water and sewer boards face. For example, in 2002, the approximately 500 government-owned water and sewer enterprises collected from their customers over $1.4 billion. Combined company assets were about $7.8 billion. However, over the next twenty years North Carolina will need over $11 billion in investments to meets infrastructure needs for water and sewer.