HEMPSTEAD - Residents in the Town of Hempstead are working together to get rid of a special tax district that they say costs them hundreds of dollars each year. Residents say the special sanitation district means they pay nearly double what others pay to have their trash removed by the Town of Hempstead. More than 5,000 people signed petitions that were delivered to the town yesterday, and the town now has 10 days to verify the petitions and then instruct the sanitary district to hold a vote. Special District Secretary Doug Wiedmann argues that everything the district does and spends its money on is open to public scrutiny. He says the district provides a service that it feels is superior to the trash removal provided by the town.