I want to thank Yael T. Abouhalkah for his column about charging Kansas City residents for trash pickup (12/25, Opinion, “KC residents already pick up the tab for trash”).
I remember well in 1970 when we citizens were asked to vote for increasing the earnings tax half a percent and then telling us if passed, we would never have to pay for trash pickup again and would also receive free trash bags delivered to our homes. As a newlywed, I debated long and hard about voting for a tax increase that would directly affect my take-home pay. I came to the conclusion that it was necessary, so I voted “yes.”
I don’t recall how long the free trash bags were delivered, but after they were discontinued, I knew that somewhere down the road they would also try to discontinue free trash pickup. It seems that time has now come.
I pay my earning tax based on the city’s promise, and I don’t believe in double taxation for the same service. Please keep this issue in front of the public so no one forgets.