Letters to the Editor

Cary garbage tax

To the Editor:

Recently the refuse service changed in Cary, from Groot to Veolia for all Cary residents. I have been a resident of Cary for nearly 10 years, and have not paid for garbage services because I own a business and use my Dumpster for all my refuse needs.

The new contract with Veolia requires that every resident of Cary has to pay for refuse service regardless of whether they utilize the service. What gives the city the right obligate the residents to such a contract?

I spoke with the city administrator, Christopher Clark, and he basically said, “That was part of the new contract with Veolia.” I emailed Village President Tom Kierna; he was out of town. I spoke with Veolia and they told me to speak with the city.

I do not like the fact that the city has such power to dictate how I spend my dollars and what services I must take outside of those that tax dollars provide for.

We are not talking a lot of money for the refuse service; it is the principle of the matter. I even offered to write a check to the city in the amount of the annual cost of the refuse service so they could put it to meaningful use. Clark refused the offer. Basically, I’m faced with paying a garbage fee, and I have nothing to say about it.

Is it feasible that residents will be required to shop at Jewel-Osco, Aldi’s or another store or be faced with automatic monthly billing?

John McHugh

Cary

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