As Dickson County begins its third year with the $10 monthly sanitation fee, a new online effort has begun seeking petition signatures to have the fee repealed. A group called Corruption in Dickson launched an Internet petition Saturday asking the Dickson County Commission to “cease and desist the collection of the unfair Solid Waste Management ‘fee’ being billed to everybody with an electric meter within the county of Dickson.” The group, whose founders are not identified on the website CorruptioninDickson.com or its Facebook page, is seeking 5,000 electronic signatures to its online petition. The website asserts that Dickson County citizens were never allowed to vote on the sanitation fee that began July 1, 2011, and states that “justice can only be served by putting a stop this this unfair fee.” According to the website, if the commission does not respond, the group plans to take its petition to Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had 857 electronic signatures. According to the Solid Waste Department’s 2013-14 budget, the solid waste fee is projected to bring in over $2.2 million, or about 62 percent of the department’s $3.6 million projected revenue. When the fee was started in 2011, the county shifted 24 cents of its property tax rate from solid waste to the general fund. With the current estimated value of a penny of property tax, it would take a 25-cent property tax increase to replace the $10 monthly fee. Since the creation of the fee, the county’s sanitation department has added over $1 million to its fund balance. In the last several months, the Dickson County Sanitation Board has stepped up efforts to begin legal proceedings to collect unpaid fees and late charges. State statutes allow counties and municipalities to create a solid waste fee to fund waste disposal operations and when the White Bluff Town Council attempted to put a fee before the voters in 2011, they were told state law does not allow a referendum on such fees.