Two years ago, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa appealed for the first trash pick up tax hike saying, “Every new dollar residents pay for trash pickup will be used to put more officers on the streets.”
The reality: Only 1/3rd of every dollar is going towards hiring new cop, and the rest going towards increases in existing officer’s payrolls and other department budget items.
The monthly “residential refuse collection fee” was increased from $11 to $26 over the past two years to pay for a promised additional 1000 cops… only 366 have been hired.
Was this a gross oversight? Or a deliberate effort on the part of the Mayor to deceive the public? Feel free to discuss.
[via LA Times]