Today's Seattle Times reports that the Seattle Public Utilities is seeking a 46% increase for garbage collection. BUT THAT'S EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT'S SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN ACCORDING TO CITY OF SEATTLE'S OWN WEBSITE.
Acoording to the City of Seattle's FAQ section on the passage of the plastic bag fee, this fee is estimated to generate $10 million dollars in new fees, $8 million of which is supposed to LOWER solid waste rates. HERE'S THE EXACT WORDING, FROM THE CITY'S OWN WEB SITE "The rest of the money, approximately $8 million, will go to support and beef up waste prevention and recycling programs and environmental education programs already in the budget or planned for coming years. THIS REVENUE WILL HELP KEEP 2009-2010 SOLID WASTE RATES 5 PERCENT OF MORE LOWER THAT OTHERWISE PROJECTED."
But today the solid waste division asked for a 46% INCREASE? So 46% AND $8 MILLION DOLLARS?
And they do this the same week they get the bag ban? The City Council and Mayor are loving this "Green"! All the way to bank!
Where's the oversight on this new "tax" revenue?