BG residents to see new garbage fee on utility bills

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   There’s good news and there’s bad news for Bowling Green residents using city trash and recycling services in 2018. The bad news is garbage and recycling pickup is now going to cost residents $13 a month. The good news is residents will no longer have to store their unwanted brush or outdated couch until the city’s scheduled large item and brush pickups. Residents can call to schedule the pickups whenever it fits their needs. The changes are for any residents currently receiving trash and recycling services from the city – those in one- or two-family homes. The garbage fee was tacked on by City Council last year as the least bad of the options offered to make up for a deficit in the city’s general fund. The new $13 monthly fee is expected to raise approximately $800,000 for the city coffers. “That’s council’s goal,” said Joe Fawcett, assistant municipal administrator. City officials are unsure if the switch to individual rather than citywide large item and brush pickup weeks will save the city money. “We don’t know,” Fawcett said. “We’re kind of going out on a limb here,” no pun intended. “We’re hoping…

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