So said Springfield (Massachusetts) City Councilor Bud L. Williams in reaction to a measure adopted by the Springfield Finance Control Board, the body that currently manages the finances of the City. (See the story in the Republican.) The measure increases the fee for City collection of bulk solid waste, such as stoves, televisions, and couches from $2.00 to $12.00 per item.
In previous posts, I have discussed Springfield's current fiscal situation, including the fact that as of June 30, 2005, the City owed $21 million to a specially created state Trust Fund (created along with the Control Board), without which the City would be out of cash. While $10 per bulk trash item is not likely to make or break the City, Councilor Williams' attitude - as portrayed by the Republican - gives pause at a time of great financial crisis. The situation in Springfield is critical - and it is not clear that all of the City's key policymakers understand this point.