My mother, a widow who lives in south Augusta, experiences health problems and is receiving only a small income from Social Security. Approximately one-third of her monthly income is spent on drug prescriptions.
She pays for a private trash hauler to pick up her garbage from her doorstep at a rate of $10 per month. The added expense to her for the city to pick up her garbage will be an additional expense she cannot afford.
Also, since my mother is suffering congestive heart failure and can only walk about 10 steps before needing to sit down, if she is expected to haul a large garbage can to the street for pickup this will certainly affect her ability to be serviced by the city trash haulers.
Please look into this matter and try to offer your most fragile citizens a "break" - not only with the increased costs but the ability to handle the disposal of refuse.
Patricia Noren, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.