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Bostock: New expensive recycling programs don't make sense given cuts

With deep budget cuts at the sheriff's office and county programs, Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock wants the county to rethink a much bally-hooed new program: curbside recycling pickup.

The recycling program is supposed to begin Jan. 1 and cost up to $10 million annually.

But Bostock said that when $85 million is being cut from the budget, utility fees could rise and new fees for parks could be charged, spending money on recycling pickup makes her scratch her head. The new program would be paid with utility fees, not property taxes, but Bostock said residents have told her curbuside pickup is unnecessary.

"All of the things that we’ve talked about in my opinion are more important than curbside recyclying, and we already have a very good program," Bostock said Thursday.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:57am]


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