Comment 74710

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted February 23, 2012 at 17:36:35 in reply to Comment 74709

I suspect if it can be phrased properly it will get counsel's approval. Collecting garbage less frequently is a "service reduction". Charging to collect garbage is a "user fee", or "cost recovery levy" (or some other friendlier term).

It's preferable to council versus an across the board tax increase which would fall on people based on the value of their property, regardless of how much or little garbage they put out. We already meter water, garbage is a natural extension.

I see it happening in stages:

1. Now - 52 bags a year plus 26 free tags.
2. 5 years from now - 65 free tags a year, all bags need a tag. More tags can be purchased for a price ($5?).
3. 10 years from now - 52 free tags a year, more can be purchased for a price ($7.50).
4. 15 years from now - No free tags, but the cost/tag will be decreased ($2).

That's my thoughts on how it will happen. Consider where we are today, and where we were in 1987. If you had told council in 1987 that we would only allow collection of 78 bags of garbage a year per household (plus unlimited green/blue bins) they would have thought you were insane.

Similarly people may think I'm insane to suggest we'll be paying for each bag of garbage we put out, but I think it's only a matter of time. That's the power of the slippery slope. :-p

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