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City right to adapt trash pickup


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 15, 2014

~~<p>A patchwork garbage-collection system has developed over the years on Oahu. Some apartment buildings, churches and private schools receive municipal service at no charge beyond that already paid in property taxes, while the great majority of similar sites must pay private haulers to take away the trash -- despite also paying property taxes. Single-family homes, meanwhile, generally receive curbside municipal service at no additional charge.</p>
<p>The city administration understandably seeks to correct this disparity, but was rebuffed by the Honolulu City Council in its earlier attempt to implement a user fee for all trash pickups, as other Hawaii counties do. Now the administration is tackling the issue in a different way, framing their decision as a matter of equity.</p>
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A patchwork garbage-collection system has developed over the years on Oahu. Some apartment buildings, churches and private schools receive municipal service at no charge beyond that already paid in property taxes, while the great majority of similar sites must pay private haulers to take away the trash -- despite also paying property taxes. Single-family homes, meanwhile, generally receive curbside municipal service at no additional charge.

The city administration understandably seeks to correct this disparity, but was rebuffed by the Honolulu City Council in its earlier attempt to implement a user fee for all trash pickups, as other Hawaii counties do. Now the administration is tackling the issue in a different way, framing their decision as a matter of equity. Login for more...



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