A Sunshine Meeting has been called by Vice Mayor Vince Lago on Monday June 29th at 3:00 PM.
At the June 9th meeting, the city commission was briefed on the exponentially growing costs for the city for solid waste (residential). Interestingly enough, the city decades ago privatized solid waste collection for commercial and commercial multi-family enjoying a 22% franchise fee and experiencing high satisfaction from customers.
Currently the city subsidizes nearly 30% of your solid waste bill, which if you take advantage of the 15% early discount fee is already at $766 per year. It really costs approximately just over $1,000 a year for solid waste pickup. Industry experts tell Gables Insider residents can get better service at a lower rate then $766 eliminating subsidy costs.
FALSE RUMORS ALREADY BEING SPREAD:
Elimination of Trash Pits – Some love their trash pits, some hate them. This will NOT be discussed or eliminated in any way. It is a rumor that having this conversation will lead to forcing residents to give up their coveted trash pits. Not true. However, if you prefer not to have one, contact the city and they’ll cover it up and re-sod it for free!
Curbside Pickup – This is not on the table. Curbside pick-up is not on anyone’s radar in the city. Leadership against having the privatization conversation use this to scare residents to think services will change a-la-county. Not happening.