Next month, Erie city residents will be getting their garbage bills. And as we've been reporting, your bills will be higher.As a way to help balance the budget last year, council voted to increase garbage fees. So, your bill will now be $55 dollars a quarter.
But what's upsetting about the increase for many, is the fact that while your bills are going up, the city is $2.5 million dollars behind, in collecting delinquent garbage fees.
Over the years the delinquent garbage fees have continually increased, but the city hasn't done much to collect.
When Lilly Broadcasting broke this story back in November we also published the list of those who owed more than $1,000 in garbage fees.
And there were some prominent names on that list, including newly-elected County Councilman Andre Horton. He owed $1,728 dollars at his property at 3rd and Reed.
That represents several years of unpaid bills.
We reached out to Horton but he declined an interview on camera saying, "Nothing positive will come from talking about this on camera. I have bigger issues to deal with. I've set up a payment plan to start chipping away at the debt," said Horton.The city will hold two public hearings before bills go up next month.