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What's the Perfect Compliment to a Sagging Economy? A Trash Fee Hike!

This morning the Los Angeles City Council took up Item No. 06-0296, a piece of bureaucratic business that otherwise might have been lost in mundane schedule of the Council. 06-0296 is an increase of the Solid Resources Fee that is all but certain to be approved by the Council, which will raise the monthly trash collection fee for a single family home to $36. This fee increase comes just two years after the last fee increase, which was supposed to be used exclusively to hire 1,000 new LAPD officers. That money instead was used to cover other administrative costs, and this most recent fee is not earmarked for any particular city program. Are your trash fees being properly utilized?

* Laura Chick, City Controller of Los Angeles