As of Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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LEESBURG — Lee County Probate Court Judge John Wheaton denied a local group's efforts to force a recall vote on the county's controversial garbage fee ordinance Monday when he rendered a decision that the issue had been rendered moot by action taken by the county.
In his ruling, Wheaton wrote, "The court has determined that the petition (collected to force the recall vote) on its face meets the requisite number of voters; however, as of Tuesday, March 27, 2012, the Lee County Board of commissioners repealed the portion of the Solid Waste Ordinance that required the garbage fees to be placed on the yearly tax bill which had been enacted effective July 1, 2009. As such, the issue in the otherwise valid Petition has been rendered moot by the repeal by the Board of Commissioners."
Lee County Republican Party Chairman Mike Sabot said Wednesday, "The voice of the people was heard."