Grayson Residents to get Free Sanitation
In light of expected revenues from the package store, residents in Grayson will no longer have to pay for sanitation.
In the 2012 budget, officials from the city of Grayson are looking to absorb the cost of sanitation for residents. This will be a cost saving of about $15 a month for each household. Mayor Jim Hinkle said the break on sanitation would be made possible by the expected revenue from the package store currently being built inside the city limits. He said it was unclear at this point how much the city would net from the package store, so officials believed it was better to offset the expected revenue in the form of a break in the cost of sanitation.
“It was either that or lower the millage rate, so we felt it was better to offer the free sanitation until we know how much we will get from the package store,” Hinkle said.
The free sanitation will take effect from the next billing cycle, which is effectively Oct 1. Residents who have already paid up until the end of the year will be rebated, Hinkle said.
Hinkle said that there were sometimes problems collecting the money for sanitation and providing the service for free would obviate that problem. The city allowed $115,000 in expenses in the latest budget to cover the cost of the sanitation. Grayson Beverage Store is currently under construction and is expected to bring significant revenue to the city once the store is operational. Residents voted to approve a licensed package store in the city in a referendum last November.