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Does Natchez’s garbage stink?

Published 12:01am Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It’s difficult for resident taxpayers to determine whether the City of Natchez’s latest move stinks or not.

Without any public disclosure of proposed garbage bids before a decision was made Monday and with a pile of confusing options, it’s unclear whether the decision to accept a higher bid over a lower offer was right or wrong.

But what still seems a little trashy about the whole deal was the apparent quick abandonment of months of plans that would have consolidated city and county contracts for trash pickup in an effort to save money for all.

Earlier this month, the city said after a meeting — one of which the public had not been notified — that it would be handling its trash contract apart from the county because city leaders didn’t believe consolidating would save them money.

The city acknowledged that the county could save money under consolidation, but the city would not.

We hope city leaders at least called up a few county leaders to talk that over before moving ahead, but we saw no public evidence of such a talk.

Of course it would be foolish for the city to pay more just to save the county money, but true consolidation would mean the two governments would split an overall reduced rate fairly, potentially both saving.

Without a public meeting to explain why that idea would or wouldn’t work, the latest move by local leaders is simply yet another in a long line of consolidation failures.

We can’t help but feel like those failures are costing the taxpayers money.



  • Khakirat

    Just talking!! Concordia parish only picks up trash once a week and there is no charge to the taxpayers now thats sweet!! Food for thought how come Adams county don’t pickup trash but once a week because most of my neighbors don’t have any if little trash the second time around and if the taxpayer should have their charges cut in half plus this is a waste of money the second time around for all!! I still think county should do their own trash as the do across the river and you could save even more than you would think!!!

  • Anonymous

    One day a week pickup does not reduce the equipment requirements thus this is a fixed investment. There are savings in manpower, fuel, and possibly some dump fees. Don’t expect the amount to drop to half if once a week were adopted, it may be more in the 70-80% range of current rates.

  • Anonymous

    That OldSouthGent is the mouth of a liberal wanting something for nothing. He claims to own a business, but wants everything at no cost and therefore votes Democrat every election because his mother told him that if he owns a business, always vote Democrat.

  • Anonymous

    Very wrong, on all counts. The comment was clarification of the inaccurate thinking of Khaki re: 50% cut for once a week pickup. Has nothing to do with freebies that Khaki and others on here espouse. Khaki is a dyed in the wool Democrat.

  • Anonymous

    A good editorial. It seems like in the last few months there is a lot of politics involved in the everyday business of Natchez. I Am implying under the table, backroom sort of things. I had a friend in NYC named Carmine. He expained how some city business was carried out a long time ago.