Big Spring Considering Raising Trash Collection Fees 9/10/13
September 10th, 2013
Trash collection, although a basic service is a major issue. Some residents are upset, as they have seen trash collection dwindle from twice a week to once a week. Now city council is considering raising rates.
"This has got to stop," said Mikel Friedland, a Big Spring resident.
Other residents say they understand the need for a fee increase, as the city struggles to keep a full staff due to the oil boom.
"They deserve a raise. You know, taking time away from their families, working extra hours. Sometimes they're out here until like six, seven o clock," said Teresa Rutledge, a Big Spring resident.
Trash collection fees are set to rise from 15.50 to 18.50. Mayor Larry McLellan says that is still cheaper than most of the cities in the Basin.
"The program itself is more and more expensive and we've got to make adjustments in order to maintain that service," said Mayor Larry McLellan.
McLellan says the new revenue will be used for paying staff and buying equipment. Still some residents feel there’s other money to be used.
"What are we paying for if they are getting more sales tax then we've ever gotten before in our history? We've got property taxes going up now they want more to pick up the garbage," said Friedland.