Macon Councilman Erickson Open To Privatization Of Trash Services; Slices & Dices Budget

If Macon does not privatize its garbage collection during the next budget cycle, the city will have to turn to “massive layoffs” or tax hikes to make up for the amount of revenue that will be lost, Mayor Robert Reichert said Tuesday.

Reichert made the comments after he and officials from the company WastePro held a work session with City Council members to sell them on the idea and address their questions. Only one brave Councilman, pictured here, spoke in favor of the most interesting plan:

But even Councilman Erick Erickson, the only one to speak in support of privatization, suggested that outlook may be grim. He said he prefers Reichert’s proposal to layoffs or tax hikes, and thinks it will benefit residents. Erickson wondered though if it wasn’t a waste of time if the majority of the council is unlikely to consider the plan.

Erickson held his own news conference shortly afterward.

8 comments

  1. Chris says:

    This Erickson guy better be careful. With all this conservative talk of privatization, he’s gonna find himself Bork, Bork, Borked if he runs for higher office.

  2. drjay says:

    “Others contend that garbage collection is inherently a municipal function and should not be handed over to private enterprise.”

    yes why try to not raise taxes when you can simply raise taxes–its the american way–right??

    lots of cities contract garbage pickup–some cities do not provide it all and a slew of companies actually compete for your business–i know that sounds crazy–but it does happen…seems like a no brainer to me

    also it may have been better to use a picture of a random british protester than an actual picture of an unsworn in council member…maybe you’ll consider it next time…

  3. griftdrift says:

    Garbage collection is a perfect area for privatization and works well in my other home county.

    Some of you can pick yourselves up off the floor now.

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