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.