Breathe a sigh of relief, Canton seniors.
The City Council voted Thursday night to keep your monthly garbage bills at $7.50.
Before Thursday's vote, the city's senior and permanently disabled communities were staring at the possibility of a $3.50 a month hike. City staff recommended the increase because an analysis found that Canton pays $10.50 per resident for garbage service.
Though the proposed hike would have still been lower than the $16.50 a month that all other customers pay, the idea of an increase didn't sit well with people like Andy Bonner, one of two seniors who spoke against the plan during the 10-minute public input period Thursday.
How could Canton increase its rate when neighboring Woodstock, which uses the same company that Canton uses for trash pickup, recently announced plans to reduce theirs, he asked.
That was one of the reasons that Council member Bob Rush supported Bill Bryan's motion to keep the senior garbage rate at its current level.
Additionally, he said, "I don't think as a city we're providing a service. We really don't need to make money off trash collection since we don't do anything except bill."
Rush said "it would be best for everybody" if the city simply allowed its vendor, Waste Management, to bill Canton residents directly for trash service.
To watch the meeting, click here and look for the Sept. 20 council meeting video.
- Preview: Should Canton Seniors Pay More for Garbage?
- May 20, 2011:
- May 19, 2011:
- May 18, 2011: Senior Garbage Rates Going Up?
- May 5, 2011: Live: Canton City Council Meeting