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Tony Zabaneh Drop Bukut on Independence Residents (Doubles Garbage Tax) Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Residents of Independence Village are suffering from buyers’ remorse (or sellers’ remorse) after the Village Council recently decided to raise their garbage collection tax by 100%. Residents previously paid $7 for garbage collection fee. This was already a topic of controversy because the garbage trucks are old and the garbage is carried in an opened back bed. Residents say this is hazardous to their health because garbage and liquid waste always falls from the truck as it goes through the community. No attempt has been made to improve the garbage collection system or buy new trucks yet the Village Council has informed residents that residential fees will increase from $7 to $14 effective immediately.

Village Council Chairman, Tony Zabaneh, is including the fee in residents’ water bill from the village’s Water Board. According to a concerned resident of Independence Village, they have been threatened that if they fail to pay the fee their water will be disconnected. Attaching municipal fees to utility bills has been proposed before and rejected by the Ministry of Local Government. Residents of Independence Village should take their complaints to the Ministry. Tony Zabaneh must realize that not everyone in Independence Village is a millionaire. A 100% tax increase for garbage collection is a terrible Christmas gift, Grinch.