Hernando County Commissioners and the administrator have six years remaining to correct a travesty they started in January. Mandatory Spring Hill trash pick-up is now a one-man show with the automated bin pickup we financed. We most likely will be hit with a 5 percent increase in trash fees every year, per the contract, for wages and fuel.
Since the county already makes us pay the whole year in advance, it can easily afford to buy out the depreciated, seven-year-old trucks. Then it can hire the existing workers or allow the Sheriff to increase his influence over how our tax money is spent by letting him take over driving the trucks with deputies — killing two birds with one stone.
They will be patrolling every street in the county twice per week and have the power to report or stop crime as it happens or maybe even before. A win-win for taxpayers — taking out the trash and the criminal element at the same time.
Think of it like they do in some northern, snowy cities. They put plows on garbage trucks that go up and down every street anyhow. Our administrator has to think outside his box to save us more money.
I’m sure removing the profit for Republic Services’ stockholders will be an easy switch. Hey, the sheriff undercut the private prison operators didn’t he? And he discovered a lot of terrible maintenance issues in the process.
Doug Adams, Spring Hill
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