Our city garbage bills also include a five dollar per month “ENVIRONMENTAL FEE”.
According to this city presentation the fee is to “help cover the costs of cleaning illegally dumped materials, compliance with environmental laws, pick-up of dead animals, alley cleanups, graffiti removal, median maintenance, and neighborhood cleanups”:
…on the same city internal audit report do they show that 10.8 % of the monies collected went to the fire department, 10.71 % went to the city general fund and downtown management district, and 5.58% went toward paying for additional building inspectors?
Let’s not forget that the city also gets a portion of the sales tax that they charge on the environmental fee.
We deserve better