Proposed legislation would reduce Springfield trash fee

Hampden County

Springfield residents could soon be paying less cash to haul their trash. 

City Councilor Orlando Ramos is proposing new legislation that would use funds from the tax on recreational marijuana sales to reduce the city’s $90 trash fee.

Ramos’ proposal would use half the revenue from the city’s 3% marijuana tax to cut the annual trash bill nearly in half.

Springfield resident Victor Bodziak told 22News that any reduction would be appreciated. He said, “There shouldn’t be a trash fee. We pay enough taxes. Sure, any savings is good savings.”

Ramos said if recreational pot sales generated more revenues than projected, the reduction in the fee could be even greater if the proposal is approved.

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