Garbage fees in Janesville to double
The old cliché is true: There really is no such thing as a free lunch.
Even if you ate it five years ago.
Janesville City Council members decided this week that residents in 2014 will begin paying the entire cost of picking up their trash—almost doubling to $94.18 the $56 currently paid.
And residents will start paying more on their property taxes for a looming deficit created when money was shifted to subsidize the cost of collection.
Residents only started in the last few years paying anything at all for trash pickup.
If the city were to continue charging the $56 a year it charged this year, it would face a more than $19 million deficit in 2023. Raising the fee to $94.18 reduces that deficit to about $9 million.
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