Cape Coral council debate how to use recycling revenue
Cape Coral city leaders debate whether to use recycling revenue to offset waste fees for homeowners. Video by fox4now.comvideo
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral city leaders debate whether to use recycling revenue to offset waste fees for homeowners.
Cape Coral residents won’t see a reduction in their waste assessment fees this year. City council voted for all this year's recycling revenue to stay in city coffers.
The proposal was for all or part of the $850,000 in recycling funds the city generated to lower waste fees by $10 to $12 dollars per household.
But critics argue there's already been about a $17 reduction over the last two years. And officials say they need all the money this year to take care of the city.
“So whether I pay that $850,000 from my left pocket, my right pocket or my recycle bin, it's still money that I think is going to a purpose that needs to be served,” Councilman Kevin McGrail said.
“If we're going to take citizens’ money, let's do it in a direct fashion. Let's not do it behind the scenes, especially knowing that the 2010 council have specific direction that these funds should be used to lower the solid waste assessment,” Councilman Chris Chulakes-Leetz said.
Again, the recycling revenue this year will not be funneled back to solid waste assessment.
Homeowners will continue to pay more than $150 for all waste services, including the disposal of trash, recycling and large items left on the curb.