Council postpones trash pickup fee

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It will be another two weeks before the Shreveport City Council decides to start charging residents a fee for trash pickup.

“You’re delaying the game,” said District B representative LeVette Fuller. “I’m willing to cooperate with you… but you’re kicking the can!”

The Council was expected to vote on Councilman James Green’s proposal. The council stayed relatively late as it heard citizens’ comments and other litigation. 

But when the trash fee finally came up, councilmen were nearly split on a decision to vote Tuesday or postpone the vote. 

“It’s just delay, delay, but I don’t see it passing,” said District E representative James Flurry.  

“There’s not a consensus among my colleagues for the passage of any fee at this time,” said District C representative John Nickelson. “I think it’s time to move forward with the sanitation fee… or to table the matters and look forward with newer solutions with the city to address the financial crisis.”

The $7 fee could begin in April, more than two months after the $18 Mayor Adrian Perkins called for in January. The Perkins administration believes seven dollars or anything less than 18 dollars a month will not be sustainable for the next five years. If nothing is passed, the mayor’s administration will have to start cutting services from the city. 

So now, it’s up to the council to push something across the table. 

“As we go on, my constituents are growing weary,” said District D representative Grayson Boucher. “What are we going to cut, what are we going to do.”

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