Macon council committee holds public hearing on garbage fees

Macon City Council’s Public Works Committee held a public hearing Monday about the city’s collection of garbage fees.

Councilman Lonnie Miley called the hearing so the council could address concerns from residents and property owners, chiefly the fear that homeowners could lose their houses for not paying their garbage fees.

Only two of the three residents who attended chose to speak. The first said he owns several properties and asked the city to stop servicing his properties that are vacant so he won’t have to pay garbage fees at unrented properties. The charges, he said, have continued.

The other speaker didn’t voice concerns about the garbage fees but said she was upset that she hasn’t gotten a new garbage can despite repeated requests.

Councilman Alveno Ross, a property owner himself, advocated for garbage collection to be paid for by a special millage rate.