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Spano: No more free garbage collection for Yonkers businesses
When it comes to downtown businesses, Yonkers municipal trash collectors have been picking up the garbage, and Yonkers tax payers have been picking up the tab.
That's what Mayor Mike Spano says after "conducting a top-down evaluation of the city services and budget obligations" in an effort to further trim costs in the cash-strapped city.
For a decade, the city has been collecting trash from downtown businesses twice a day, five days a week, Spano said. That service costs taxpayers $300,000 a year.
Spano says he's got a couple good reasons for eliminating the free trash pick-up, besides the money -- it was supposed to be a temporary service to help along the city's waterfront development, and no other businesses in town get the same service for free.
Business owners received notice on Aug. 15, and they'll have to start paying for trash collection services by Nov. 15.