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The big debate: Competition = higher trash fees

‘Another reminder of how broke and broken the city of Tucson leadership is. Only here could competition for services result in an increase in cost.’ – Spirit of Zenger

The story: Tucson officials estimate a transfer station opened by Waste Management will siphon 100,000 tons of trash and $3 million in revenue from the city. So city trash fees may have to be increased.

Your take: Everything the city touches turns into a mess. Let private companies who know trash handle it.

“Government shouldn’t be in the trash business,” proclaims eman (who adds, “The Citizen is also in the tank for the lying, cheating City Council.” OK, then.)

massmonster says, “These people are running this city to the ground and all they want is more taxpayers’ money for every little thing that goes wrong.”

But Music One calls Waste Management “the Titans Of Trash” and say costs will climb higher if it takes over the city business.

Purist has another money-saving proposal: “I see no discussion of eliminating the recycle program. This is the real drag on the cost of garbage pickup. I know, I know, it makes some feel good!”

However, Anony says trash fees are reasonable, compared with what other cities charge. “I’m not happy about paying it either, but in comparison, it’s a good deal. . . . Get a grip on reality, people.”

Finally, Bugmenot confidently predicts, “Tony Soprano will fix it.”


For Monday, May 11

1 City trash fees likely increasing due to competition.

2 3 killed, including 1 Tucsonan, in head-on crash near Florence.

3 Our Opinion: Obama move halts pointless, devastating border fence.

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