Charlotte City Council Opts for Trash Fee Increase Over Eliminating Multifamily Service

At its Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget Straw Vote yesterday, Charlotte City Council decided against making changes to its trash collection service, opting instead for an $8 increase to the annual garbage collection fee for both single-family and apartment homes.  The additional revenue will help pay for additional police officers and fire fighters without a increase in property tax rates.  City Council will vote on the final budget on June 13th.

Council members also agreed to conduct a comprehensive review of the City’s Solid Waste Services policies over the next year, including a study of a possible “full cost recovery” model for trash services for apartments.  Implementation of such a model could be phased in over a 2-3 year period.

Yesterday’s Straw Vote result of an $8 annual trash service fee increase for all Charlotte residents, both single-family and multi-family dwellers, illustrates that City Council members were responsive to concerns expressed by members of the community.  For now, apartment residents have been granted the same basic municipal services, at the same cost, as single-family residents.

REBIC applauds Council’s decision, and will continue to work with the City to determine the most appropriate long-term strategy for equitably providing solid waste services.

(Source:  Greater Charlotte Apartment Association)

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