San Diegans may soon be paying to have their garbage picked up.
A county grand jury recommended Tuesday to repeal of a 90-year-old ordinance that prevents the city from charging residents for garbage collection. The fees would most likely be $10 to $12 a month per household.
It costs the city $37 million a year for trash pickup and disposal. The city is looking at a $60 million budget gap next year.
Local political junkies will not be shocked to learn that there are some opponents to the plan, including City Councilman Carl DeMaio.
"Instead of imposing a garbage tax, our focus should be on a different kind of waste -- government waste of existing tax dollars," DeMaio said. "We should focus our efforts back on implementing cost saving reforms rather than imposing additional tax and fee burdens on our residents."