CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s top City Council ally and a five other aldermen have unveiled a scaled-down plan for first-ever garbage collection fees in Chicago.
Some aldermen have pushed back against the mayor’s plan to propose a $10 to $12 monthly garbage hauling fee for single family homes, and smaller apartment buildings with no more than four units. Larger residential buildings already are required to hire private trash haulers.
After meeting with Emanuel aides Friday morning, a group of six aldermen announced they would back a monthly trash hauling fee of no more than $11, with senior citizens paying half price.
There are still aldermen who say they oppose charging a separate garbage collection fee under any circumstances, but Ald. Michelle Harris (8th), a key Emanuel ally who chairs the powerful Rules Committee, said the idea has been debated for years, and should not come as a surprise to anyone on the council.