Trash rebate moved out of committee

The Rules Committee on Tuesday approved a rebate for condominium owners who pay the city for trash removal but have their garbage hauled away by private carriers.

The rebate would be capped at $200.

The issue of how to solve the problem of condo owners, who are paying for a city service they are not receiving, has been debated for nearly 10 years, and opposition to the current effort remains high.

The Nutter administration opposes the rebate plan, which would cost the city millions in revenue.

The committee agreed to move the bill, but without the parliamentary maneuver that would allow it to be heard on first reading at the next Council meeting. Councilman James F. Kenney, a co-sponsor of the bill, said the mayor's office requested more time to meet and discuss the bill.

It is unlikely, however, that Nutter would support any bill that removes a substantial amount of money from the city's coffers.

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