New bill calls for trash pick up feesUPDATED 10:29 PM HST Feb 12, 2014Video Transcript
price. Good evening, I'm Kenny Choi. And I'm Yunji de Nies. The city needs your help to pay for the service... KITV4's Brenton Awa has our top story ... 21-26 104-109 Rolling out a trash can could cost you extra cash if a new bill from the city administration gets passed. The plan would help the refuse division operate under the city's 156-million-dollar budget deficit. There's currently no fee specific to trash pickup -- the cost comes out of the general fund... But it seems there's not enough money to go around. 2320 "ALL THE DEPARTMENTS ARE COMPETING FOR THE FUND, THE FIRE, POLICE, THE PARKS AND ROADS AND ITS ALL ESSENTIAL SERVICES that's NEEDED AND TRASH IS ONE OF THEM. The proposed fee is 10-dollars a month -- it would be collected twice a year though property taxes. And would cover green cans -- grey cans -- recycling -- manual pickup -- and bulky item. 2237 "I'D LIKE THE RESIDENTS TO KNOW THAT OAHU IS THE ONLY COUNTY THAT IS NOT CHARGING, KAUAI CHARGES, MAUI CHARGES AND THE BIG ISLAND DOESN'T HAVE A TRASH SERVICE." Residents on Maui pay $18 dollars a month, Kauai resident pay $12. The City says it costs over 50- dollars a month to pickup trash per household... And it's trying to recover a fifth of that bill. Some residents question the City's budget... 3104 "YOU DONT GO BACK TO YOUR CLIENTS AND SAY OH IM SO SORRY, I NEED TO ASK YOU FOR ANOTHER THOUSAND DOLLARS BECAUSE WE WENT OVER BUDGET. IT DOESNT WORK WELL, YOU ASK ANY PRIVATE BUSINESS PERSON HOW THAT GOES, ITS NOT A PRETTY PICTURE." The proposal would generate 20-million-dollars per year... And help level the playing field. 2137 - 2152 SOME RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY THE CONDOS AND THE TOWNHOUSES, THEY GET FREE SERVICE FROM THE CITY, THEY USE THE FRONT END LOADER CARTS AND THERE ARE MANY OTHER ASSOCIATIONS ON THE ISLAND THAT PAY A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR TO DO THE SAME SERVICE." If passed the new fee would begin in January of the coming year. You could decline that fee if you can prove to the city that you're disposing your trash properly -- for example -- taking it to the dump.