PERRYVILLE - When the City of Perryville sold its water service to Danville, it lost its primary weapon to enforce garbage collection payments.
"When we handled the water bills, we used that as a means of collecting payment for garbage bills," said Mayor Bruce Richardson. "If someone didn't pay their garbage bill, we had the option of turning their water off. Now, we no longer have that option."
Garbage still is collected in Perryville, however, so Richardson and the county council members have come up with a way to make the garbage fees a moot point.
The council plans to give first reading at its Feb. 5 meeting of an ordinance eliminating garbage collection bills for customers and letting the city pay the $35,000 annual fee. To offset the costs, the council plans to vote on an insurance premium tax increase from 5to 10 percent.