Something's Not Adding Up
We pay $13.20 per household for garbage pick up one day a week. I can’t remember the exact number of water bill accounts in Lumberton but I think it’s around 700-750 accounts. However, based on 700 water bill customers (that does not include business accounts), the City of Lumberton is collecting $110,880/year in garbage fees alone. Based on the monthly fees paid to WastePro, the City of Lumberton is paying them $96,000/year for service the residents of Lumberton once a week. However, a lot of customers didn’t get their garbage picked up this week. Based on these calculations, the City of Lumberton has a surplus of $14,880/year. The reason why I’m calculating the savings is because Mayor Winston has claimed for the past two years that our city is broke but based on the figures I posted, there’s almost $15,000/year going into the WSOM account that should be considered as a savings.
Now I’m wondering, how did the City of Lumberton default on a major loan that’s now costing us over $250,000 because of interest and late fees? I’m also wonder how the City of Lumberton can have $14,880 extra, after WastePro is paid, but don’t feel that they can afford to give the men in the Public Works Department a much needed raise? What’s happening to this extra money