The city adds $1.10 per month to our garbage (ESD–environmental services division) bills.
They list this as “FRANCHISE FEE(NO TAX)”.
Franchise fees are usually explained by local governments as charges for the use of public right of ways (streets). The fees are charged to private companies that use public roads (electric, telephone, gas, cable, private ambulance companies).
The problem here is that this franchise fee charges residents for the use by our own city garbage trucks of roads we have already paid for.
If this is permissible then might we then see new franchise fees charged for police, fire, ambulance, animal services and other city department’s use of city roads?
We deserve better