A $5 garbage removal fee imposed earlier this spring heated up the GOP primary race for town clerk in Lancaster.
Anne V. Desiderio, a political newcomer, launched a petition drive to repeal the fee residents must pay to place extra garbage bags at the curb for collection.
Desiderio, 54, who will off against incumbent Diane M. Terranova, called the fee “Terranova’s Tax” in a recent campaign pamphlet mailed to some voters. Terranova, 61, took issue with the designation.
“Does she not know what the clerk does? I don’t set the tax rate; I collect town taxes and county school taxes. To say I have initiated a refuse tax is ludicrous,” Terranova said.
Terranova, a registered Democrat, received the endorsement of the Lancaster Republican Committee. Town Democrats endorsed Cynthia A. Maciejewski, 49, a clerk in the Lancaster Building and Zoning Department.
Among registered voters in Lancaster, 11,840 are Democrats, 9,668 are Republicans and 6,794 are unaffiliated.