There was a recent article in the Daily Herald, regarding outsourcing garbage collection witch the residents will have to vote on this issue.
I believe this is a great idea. It is tough sell about outsourcing the collection because of the superior job the garbage collectors have been doing for many, many years. Several questions have entered my mind in regards to this matter. Who will do our snow plowing? Who will pick up items that will not fit in containers, chairs, tables, dressers and misc. items?
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Before residents were given a certain amount of garbage bags, save money don't give out these bags. Instead raise the garbage pickup fees and let the residents pay for their own bags.
There is another quote: "We took away the chipper service to save the residents money." How does that save the residents money, these chippers just vanish or do they burn these items? They stated that no jobs will be lost through outsourcing; will they then be working for nothing?
Services that we paid for through our taxes are slowly being taken away and our taxes are still going up. A few years ago we had a person employed as City Manager, she was let go with a very good buyout and no explanation was given to the residents.
Look at property tax bill and look at the money that Rolling Meadows receives. Then look at how much goes for pensions. In 2007 it was 23 percent in our last bill it was up to 47 percent. Now, there is a place to outsource.
This is Rolling Meadows not Chicago. Final word, if it works don't fix it.