Santa Barbara County is moving ahead with plans to develop a single use plastic ban bag, despite controversy among county supervisors over the proposal.
Supervisors directed county staff to begin development of language for an ordinance, with a goal of taking a final vote on the issue around the end of the summer.
The proposal is expected to include a total ban on plastic bag use by stores in unincorporated parts of the county, and a charge of at least ten cents a bag for paper bags, with the intent of reducing pollution.
Supervisors Salud Carbajal, Janet Wolf, and Doreen Farr expressed support for the idea, but board members Peter Adam and Steve Lavagnino made their opposition clear. Lavagnino says he feels it isn’t government’s role to start charging a fee for something which is currently free.