Aldermen question Emanuel’s plan to implement garbage collection fee

WRITTEN BY FRAN SPIELMAN – CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

African-American aldermen have urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to trash plans to impose a garbage collection fee on grounds it will leave some neighborhoods filthy, breed widespread avoidance and cost laborers their jobs.

The chairman of the City Council’s Hispanic Caucus is saying it would be “very difficult to do both” a garbage fee and a $500 million property tax increase that amounts to a “double-whammy” on homeowners.

Now, an aldermen who once served as a deputy commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation is questioning the mayor’s plan to implement the suburban-style fee.

Southwest Side Ald. Mike Zalewski (23rd) said Emanuel’s decision to bypass an annual fee on every 96-gallon black cart, in favor of a  monthly assessment of $11-to-$12-per household is fundamentally unfair.

Zalewski is intimately familiar with garbage collection, having run the Bureau of Sanitation, which overseas the pivotal service. He argued that the mayor’s plan lets homeowners who stockpile carts off too easy.  read more…….