Councilman: Garbage Tax ‘Like Giving Alcohol to Alcoholic'

A San Diego City Councilman reacted very negatively to a grand jury decision that the city should begin charging residents to pick up household waste, according to a published report.

A county grand jury recommended earlier this month to repeal the 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's like giving alcohol to the alcoholic," Carl DeMaio told the San Diego Reader. "Until you remove the waste at City Hall, any more money that’s given will be wasted.”

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.

The City Council has 90 days to decide whether to implement the plan or decline to, or, in the grand tradition of San Diego government, study the matter further, reported the

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