City Leaders in Selma Consider Privatizing Garbage Collection

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By George McDonald

From the CBS 8 West Alabama Newsroom-- City leaders in Selma are looking into the possibility of turning over garbage collection in the city to a private company.

City Council President Cecil Williamson says the city is losing money each year on the cost of garbage collection.

He says garbage pick-up costs the city about 100-thousand dollars a year more than garbage fees bring in.

He says right now the city has more than a million dollars in unpaid garbage bills.

"It's strictly a financial matter for the city," said Williamson. "We collect 6000 people's garbage and we only collect money from about 4000 of them, so we're having to budget for that shortfall every year."

Williamson says five private companies have expressed interest in taking over garbage collection in the city and have until July 18th to submit a proposal to the city.

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