Skip to comments.Huntington City Council sets trash fee hearing
Posted on 05/10/2010 4:09:28 AM PDT by mshoffner
Huntington Indiana's trash has been piling up and causing odor and animal problems since Mayor Steve Updike changed the pick-up schedule to the second and last weeks of the month. But after consideration, has changed the schedule back to three days a week. The original change was because of massive deficit problems by the city. Over the last year, Huntington officials found the city in a huge monetary hole because of property tax appeals. The mayor cut personnel and services, attempting to alleviate the problem. He had made cuts to the total of over 600,000 dollars to try and cover the 2.6 million dollar shortfall.
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It’s great that Updike is trying to cut expenses, but how did he think that letting trash pile up for two weeks was a viable option?
It was a threat ploy. He wanted an increase, the council voted it down and he changed the schedule knowing he would get a second vote on it.