Tea Party Protesting Gov. Takeover of Trash Collection
June 11, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Is this what Dick Armey’s merry band of angry patriots has resorted to? Protesting the government takeover of garbage pick up, as an affront to their liberty to keep their yards strewn with old appliances? Apparently so. Dicky Armey’s FreedomWorks and local tea party groups in Georgia are staging a demonstration this weekend against mandatory trash collection in Gwinnett County.
The Four Corners Tea Party is objecting to Gwinnett County’s forcing residents to have their trash hauled away, “whether they like it or not.”
And Debbie Dooley, a Dacula resident and coordinator for FreedomWorks, says the protest is intended to remind local officials that they are in office to serve We the People. “It’s our way of letting the commissioners know we remember their vote and we’re not going to forget it,” she said. Live Free (with garbage strewn yards) or Die!
According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, tea party groups are demanding that the Gwinnett County commissioners repeal the mandatory trash collection and remove remove the charges from homeowners’ property tax bills:
“As part of the program, Gwinnett County has contracted with five private haulers that will each serve a designated area of unincorporated Gwinnett.The base service fee — which includes weekly trash pickup of household garbage, recycling and pickup of bulky items such as old furniture and white goods such as refrigerators — will be $17.86 per month. Yard waste collection can be purchased from the hauler for an additional fee.”
Gwinnett County officials say the mandatory trash collection will prevent illegal dumping and promote cleaner neighborhoods. But teapartiers view the trash plan as an assault on free enterprise and freedom.
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