Monday, August 14, 2006

Repeat - the Solid Waste Fee

I've heard a lot of grumbling throughout the neighborhood about the $300 annual fee that went into effect recently to pay for trash collection. Much of this has already been said, but I wanted pass along a pair of reminders.
  1. The cost of that fee is off-set by the 3 mills that disappeared from our property tax bills. Some folks actually doubted that our property taxes have gone down by 3 mills. I encourage everyone who doubts me to compare this year's summer property tax bills with last year's. The proof is right there in black and white.
  2. You can have that $300 annual fee chopped in half if you're either a) age 65 or older or b) had a household income of less than $40,000 in 2005.
In order to get that discount, you have to complete a form and mail it in with a) proof of your age (e.g., birth certificate or drivers license) or b) proof of your income (e.g., copy of last year's tax income tax return). For many people in Warrendale, between those two things, that extra $300 fee pretty much disappears.

You can download the form you need for this at http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/HomePage/pdf/SWSeniorDiscountForm.pdf
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