10 months, 2 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Each topic had two meetings last week.
In each case, those who cared about Quincy garbage pickup outnumbered those who showed up to talk about new school buildings at Quincy Public Schools.
Mayor Kyle Moore said he wants the City Council to choose an option by the end of December.
The Quincy School Board is looking at a possible referendum on taxing for school facilities in March.
Perhaps the timing is why the trash issue is dominating the local news scene. I hope that's the case.
I believe there is a case for some new construction. Some of the QPS facilities (especially at the elementary level) are not in good shape at all. There is some justification, I'm just not sure if the public will see $71 million in justification.
Of course, we're not the only community grappling with the trash issue.
The Bloomington City Council is cutting $1.6 million that normally goes to its general fund from its $23.2 million levy. With less to draw from out of the general fund, Bloomington is looking to make its solid waste service pay for itself.
"Without a service level or fee change, the solid waste fund will soon run at a $2.6 million annual deficit — a problem because the fund is viewed as an “enterprise fund,” meaning it should be self-supporting through fees.
Under the proposal which is expected to eliminate the funds’ expected deficit in fiscal year 2015, residents’ monthly fee for household garbage pickup would be tied to the size of trash cart they use. A 35-gallon cart would cost $16 per month, with monthly fees of $21 and $25 for 65-gallon and 95-gallon carts, respectively.
Residents also could purchase $3 stickers for bags of trash in excess of their cart’s capacity."