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TACOMA: Garbage rates are effectively doubling

Letter by Jennie L. Dahlby, Tacoma on Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:46 am | No Comments »
January 31, 2013 1:38 pm

Re: “Council to weigh water, power rate hikes” (TNT, 1-30).

Tacoma is switching to every other week for garbage collection, yet the article tells us that “residential garbage rates will largely remain unchanged.”

The city is keeping the same rates but cutting the pick-up days in half. I currently pay $25.25 for a 20-gallon can to be emptied weekly. It will now be emptied every other week, basically doubling the price of garbage service.

I have the smallest can (20 gallons) because there are only two adults living in this household. I, like many others, may have to go to the next larger can due to the every-other-week service, causing the can to overfill before the next pick-up, thereby raising my effective garbage rate even more.

How can the council justify keeping the rates the same?

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