Re: "Waste not, pay not?" the Now, Sept. 17.
Thinking that you should not have to pay a flat rate levy for garbage collection, applied equally to all - simply because you choose not to use the service - is ridiculous.
Given this logic, those who have no children using the school system should be exempt from school tax or perhaps those who do not use transit should have the TransLink property tax levy reduced or eliminated.
What if I owned or worked at a business that pays to have its garbage collected - could I take my household garbage to work with me and be exempt from any garbage fees?
I think not.
Some things, like entrance fees to community centres, are easily based on a user pay system. Others, like garbage collection, are best handled by a flat rate, based on the type of property.
Municipalities set a flat rate and assign maximums for garbage collection; there is no easy method to implement a refund policy based on not using the maximum allowed.
The city has provided very good advice - if you want the suite garbage collection levy to go away, remove the suite.
Larry Miller, Delta
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