I normally focus on Albany, and with good reason. I live there. But every now and then, there’s something else going on out there that needs some attention from yours truly. Right now, that something else is the garbage ordinance in Lee County.
For those who don’t know what it’s about, there’s been a change in how residents are billed for their garbage. While they had been being billed monthly, that changed with the new ordinance to an annual billing cycle. The measure was needed, the County Commission said, because of all the people who have failed to pay like they were supposed to.
Unfortunately, the change affects not just those folks, but all the Lee County residents who have done what they’re supposed to do. Several of my co-workers reside in Lee County, and to say they’re angry is an understatement. Of course, language that truly describes their anger is inappropriate for a family publication such as this one.
Lee County officials are now battling amongst themselves over this. There is a need to do something about folks not paying the required fees for garbage collection, but was this really the right way? After all, there are other options. First and foremost, stop picking up trash. Other locations do it and it works just fine. There aren’t any significant percentages of people not paying for their garbage pickup. I have little doubt that Lee County would have the problem solved in short order as well.
Let’s be honest, folks, this isn’t rocket science. However, there is a move to fight this. Thanks to a section of the Georgia Constitution, there are means for citizens to take action against this law. There is a petition out there for residents to sign that will work towards undoing what has been done.
If you’re interested in signing this petition, you can find a copy at Heldenberg’s Advanced Auto on U.S. 19 and at the Lee County Ledger’s office. I urge each and every one of you to sign it. This just isn’t right folks, and there’s an opportunity for the good people in Lee County to make a stand. If you don’t stand up now, then when? If you yourself don’t stand up, then who will?
All it takes is a signature. Nothing more, nothing less. If you do that, you can make a major change towards reminding government officials who they actually work for.
Written by Tom Knighton. Tom Knighton is the managing editor of Laws-n-Sausages.com, a political blog focusing on SWGA. He is the former co-owners of SWGAPolitics.com and currently serves as the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Georgia