Single-provider was vote-buying

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 4:55pm
By: Letters to the ...

I have to disagree with S. Leslie Rowell on the garbage franchise.

If the two companies merge, we have the option to change providers. This cannot be accomplished through the franchise.

Band together with your neighbors or HOA if you want a single provider. Don’t eliminate our options to justify your needs.

Here’s the real deal with the proposed franchise. It is a vote-buying measure since senior citizens would receive a reduced rate while the rest of us bear the burden. Then the city charges a franchise fee (tax) to monitor the provider.

Don’t forget that [City Manager Bernard] McMullen also wants to charge an additional fee (tax) to help fund a new recycling center that we don’t need.

If the franchise provides recycling, what’s the point? In case you were not aware, I take all my recycling to the transfer station in Fayetteville. They take everything and do not charge. Not to mention they are open six days a week. I support the city closing the recycling center and saving us the $60-some-odd thousand dollars it costs to operate every year.

Becky Bergen

Peachtree City, Ga.

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