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By DON C. BRUNELL
Contributor 

Our cities are balancing their budgets with fees to the citizens

Guest Commentary

 

February 15, 2018



Have you carefully checked your utility bills lately? Most people don’t unless they are monsters like the ones for garbage in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles.

In Vancouver, Washington our garbage and recycling bill now has an added 3.6 percent refuse tax. It costs us $1.29 more every two months.

However, according to the Wall Street Journal, in Scranton, residents started receiving a $300 annual trash collection fee which is a 68 percent increase since 2014. In Los Angeles, an assisted-living operator’s bill was less than $500 a month, but jumped to whopping $1,500.

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