Garbage Fee Discounts Not Likely

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 18, 2006

The strike left more than 150-thousand people without trash service since September 5th. Bill Kelly with the sanitation workers union says those people should see a smaller bill.

"It just doesn’t seem right. We don’t expect our people to be paid while they’re on strike. We would think that they wouldn’t charge ratepayers for the service that they didn’t get." 

But Megan McPherson with Sacramento County says the strike was costly. 

"We’ve had to add security, we’ve missed out on a big source of revenue from some of our larger customers. We’re just asking for patience as we figure out what the strike has cost."

McPherson says county accountants will run the numbers, determine how expensive the strike was and present the figures to county supervisors who will make a decision on whether or not to give ratepayers a break.