I would like to respond to the recent letter I received in the mail from Augusta Solid Waste Director Mark Johnson.
To begin with, the letter had my address but someone else’s name on it. I’ve lived there for 22 years and that has never happened when the county sends out the tax bills for the year.
The letter tells us about the service enhancements of the new “Cleaner, Greener, Smarter” program that begins in June. One Enhancement is one-day-a-week pickup instead of the current two for garbage.
Another “enhancement” is new community events such as neighborhood clean-ups, educational programs and volunteer litter collections.
I don’t know about most people, but I don’t need to be educated about garbage pickup, nor am I going to be a volunteer for any litter collections; that’s what I pay $310.50 a year for.
And tire collections will be done at community events! They actually used an exclamation point to emphasize this service, which we will no longer receive.
The one enhancement they must have forgotten to tell us about is the reduced rate that we will receive for the reduced pickups, no tire service and, of course, the volunteer litter collections.
The county has been talking about reducing the services for a while, and has finally done it by inventing a new program and calling it a “service enhancement.” Same price, just half the services.