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Houston Garbage Fee Is A Good Proposal As Government Must Collect The Money It Needs To Provide Services

The City of Houston is considering a monthly $3.50 fee for trash pick-up. This proposed fee, reported in the Houston Chronicle, would run $42 a year.

This is a good idea.

It’s a good idea because the money would be used for recycling and conservation efforts and for illegal dumping enforcement. It’s a good idea because it conveys the needed message that we don’t raise enough tax revenue in Houston.

The only cause for regret is that the fee can not somehow be made more progressive. While not likely to take place, I would support that the fee be based on the assessed value of the home receiving the service. Flat fees are regressive and Houston is a poor city.

Today, I will call my district councilmember and each of my at-large councilmembers to indicate my support for this new fee.    

April 3, 2007 - Posted by | Houston, Taxes---Yes!


  1. As I took our trash to the apartment dumpster last Saturday, I began thinking what it would be like if we had to dispose of our own trash.

    The horror, the horror!!!

    Comment by Laz | April 3, 2007

  2. In the northside you can put anything out on the curb and someone will get most of it before the trash collector comes. We still have the green bins to recycle with for the moment. they keep talking about eliminating it

    Comment by bill b | April 4, 2007

  3. In some of the huge cities of Africa and Asia people live in shanty towns near the dump and live off what they find in the dump.

    Comment by neilaquino | April 4, 2007

  4. You don’t have to go that far, I’ve seen these shantytowns in Mexico

    Comment by Laz | April 4, 2007

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