Erie may list garbage bill delinquents on Web
ERIE (AP) – The mayor and city council president of a northwestern Pennsylvania city said they’re considering listing people with overdue garbage bills on the city’s web site.
The Erie Times-News reported Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott and Council President Jim Winarski are concerned about $2 million in delinquent bills. The city’s proposed $69.7 million 2014 budget includes garbage and sewage fee increases that will raise about $3.1 million more annually.
City officials said Scranton began listing past-due garbage bills earlier this year in hopes of collecting about $8 million in overdue fees.
Sinnott said he’s not looking to embarrass those who miss a payment or two, but instead those who habitually don’t pay. Some delinquent bills top $10,000.
The city can’t refuse to pick up garbage placed outside for collection because it’s a public health concern.