Lee County is having a problem collecting money for trash pick-up.
I have read that a remedy the county is considering is to simply tack the trash fee onto the property taxes each year. That would amount to a huge increase in the annual bill of each property owner. Why should all of the property owners be subject to a solution designed to reign in the delinquency of a few?
How can this be a major problem? If people do not want to pay their bill, do not provide the service. It is that simple. Pick up the trash cans that have been issued to each house and do not give the cans back until the bills are paid in full and institute a heavy fine if a delinquent homeowner is using or caught taking the trash can of a neighbor. County officials do not know how many trash cans are currently in use by the residents though.
Perhaps Lee County could look for a vendor to not only collect the trash but to also collect the revenues. Putting services like this in private hands rather than under the control of the government is always the best solution. I cannot imagine a private company not knowing how many trash cans are in use by its customers.
If this is a glimpse of what life will be like with universal health care, I cannot wait!