Rapid City’s mayor, Sam Kooiker, posted this on his FB page this morning;
The 8% garbage rate decrease passed unanimously in Public Works Committee yesterday. Members Ritchie Nordstrom, John Roberts, Chad Lewis, Ron Sasso and Bill Clayton all voted for it. It now heads to the full council on Monday for a vote. If approved, this will return $300,000 annually to the ratepayers. That’s not including the $100,000 we saved by having your new Public Works Director do the study in house instead of hiring an expensive out of town consultant to do it.
Rapid City does not have private garbage haulers. It is a city-run service.
On a separate, but similar note, Why isn’t the city of Sioux Falls more proactive in tightening watering restrictions? I can’t believe we didn’t go to once-a-week a month ago. Might it be because the more water we use on lawns, the more money the city makes on revenue?
Sure, a lot of people have figured this out and cut back on our useless watering. I have not watered my lawn once this summer. Not only have I been saving money on water, I have been saving money on mowing my lawn. I think it has been almost 6-weeks since I have mowed. But I still see too many people watering every other morning because they can, and the water literally runs off their yards and down the street and they will keep doing this until Big Brother finally tells them to knock it off. Sheep.