When Simpsonville City Council last discussed the 2017-18 budget, one item sparked concern at City Hall and among citizens: part of new budget would end trash pick up for mobile home park residents.
City officials had to sharpen their pencils to fund a return of brush pick up for citizens without increasing taxes. Some of that funding came from the discovery that mobile home parks have been receiving trash pick up without paying the individual $24 public works fee, or the property taxes that other city residents pay for the service.
Each trash can represents $10.53 a month for the city, so the amount is substantial.
Mobile home parks are classified as Multi-Family Commercial Property, and are for-profit businesses. They follow the same tax structure as apartment complexes, but the City of Simpsonville has been providing trash pickup for the landlords at little-to-no cost for several decades.
Some citizens are concerned that the city is hurting lower income residents with the change, and have spoken out on social media. Council members present at the budget meeting reacted similarly until City Attorney David Holmes explained the taxing structure and that each park was a single tax ID map number.
The new budget option would also remove trash pick-up to the few businesses currently utilizing individual cans downtown (the majority of businesses in the city use private services already), and raise the public works fee to $34 per year for property owners.
Simpsonville City Council will meet again on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30pm.
Also of note on Tuesday is an Executive Session that regards an employee in Public Works, a proposal for naming rights at the Tater Shed, and a proposed contract for the Arts Center building.
The full agenda can be viewed at Simpsonville.com