Former Coventry trustee applauds new trash program
To the editor:
I applaud the Coventry Township trustees for their action of finally converting Coventry to a single trash hauler effective July 1. I first championed this cause back in 2008 while serving as trustee chair, but we were unable to gain sufficient support before I left office due to the largely unfounded opposition by a segment of our residents. Thankfully, the concept was not forgotten and the torch was picked up and carried to the finish line.
This simple change will save our roads (and thus our tax dollars), save the environment (due to offering township-wide recycling that was previously nonexistent) and, most of all, it will save each household a lot of money.
Now, here’s an extremely positive way to utilize some of that savings. If your household is typical of mine, the new contract trash rates will save a household about $188 a year ($15.67 per month).
The Coventry Local School District has a unique opportunity to receive an $11 million state grant to construct new school facilities to replace our sorely aging facilities. To take advantage of the grant, they are asking voters to pass a bond issue in August to create the needed matching funds. The schools state that based on the median home value, this bond issue will cost the average taxpayer $12.73 per month ($8.91 if you’re over 65). I just illustrated that you can afford it out of your newfound trash savings. So let’s take this “found” money out of the coffers of the trash companies and place it into the future of our community — our schools.
Now that’s turning trash into treasure!
Bob Wilson, Coventry
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