Maplewood officials voted unanimously on Tuesday to place on the ballot on April 3, an additional tax of 10 cents per $100 of evaluation to cover the rising costs of trash and recycling pickup in the city.
City Department of Public Works Director Anthony Traxler said if voters don’t approve the tax the city will need to bill residents to cover the, currently, approximately $280,000 budget deficit, coming out of the general fund. If the measure fails residents will be billed approximately $97 annually in monthly payments, he said.
Update: The city plans to send out all the information related to the proposition for residents. It will be sent it out in advance of election day to give residents ample time to review the information and ask questions.
Residents and commercial tax payers already pay a tax for pickup; approved in 2004.
Traxler said in many other municipalities where residents are billed they’re paying more for the service than if they paid a tax. He said a tax is cheaper because the cost is spread over a variety of payers: single-family and multi-family housing, and commercial payers.