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February 16, 2009

Trash fines ludicrous

The idea of issuing tickets to homeowners who have more than two bags of trash in front of their house is insane (2/12, Local, “Next: Fines for trash?”).

Here’s why: You put out one legal bag of trash and leave for the office at 7 a.m. Then someone else comes by and puts two or three more illegal bags of trash next to yours before the trash truck shows up at 9 a.m. You didn’t commit the “crime,” but you get the ticket and a fine anyway. That’s crazy.

What recourse do you have? Homeowners are going to be victimized by this poorly conceived ordinance, and the anonymous trash criminals will go free. Is the City Council really so clueless that they can’t see this coming?

The solution is simple: Include penalties for anyone who puts trash bags out in front of a house other than their own.

George Costello
Kansas City

Comments

T. Hanson

On Topic:

The City needs to re-examine the E-Tax budget and fix the holes in it. The E-tax to my understanding was to pay for landscaping of public grounds (not parks, but avenues), Snow removal, Trash Pickup, and minor street repairs.

Instead the e-tax has been used for all that above plus excessive pay raises to police officers and firefighters, TIF spending. Which I feel is a complete abuse of the tax dollars, which could be spent on trash pickup.

Buddy has a point that we all have to pay for trash pickup, but he fails to realize that if you shop or work in KC you are paying that e-tax.

T. Hanson

Off topic:
If most of you don't see your blog posted after posting, just hold down the ctrl-f5 or hold ctrl, refresh.

Marctnts

"Those of us in the Burbs have paid for private trash pick up for years!'

Ah yes, but you forget the promise made with the E-tax was that residents would never again have to pay for trash service.

"...is on target with the fact that under this poorly planned ordinance the homeowner will be made accountable for trash that often is not theirs."

I'd argue that the statement is true for the new red-light cameras as well. Read the ordinance. If your car is caught running a light and you are sent a ticket, even if you can conclusively prove you were not operating the vehicle at the time (say you were in the hospital), you are still responsible for the ticket unless you are willing to provide the name of the person who was driving, as well as some sort of documentation that proves this person was driving. So, even if your innocent of the misdemeanor, you will be found guilty unless you are willing to act as a de facto agent of the government as well as it's chief investigator.


solomon

I'm not sure what people paying for trash removal in the suburbs has to do with this issue.

I'm sure it is a larger problem in some neighborhoods than others. We see fewer trash bags as we see more recycling. People who put out the blue bins have fewer trash bags and typically aren't the offenders. There are a couple of houses for sale down the street that someone always puts trash in front of the night before pickup.

The letter writer is on target with the fact that under this poorly planned ordinance the homeowner will be made accountable for trash that often is not theirs.

BudRog

OMG, string some wire, set claymores and put out some trip wires....lmao...people it's trash, lighten the hell up!

Those of us in the Burbs have paid for private trash pick up for years!

TinaMcG

And how do you catch the people who are putting trash in front of your home?

 
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