GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro city leaders are talking budget and talking about some possible new fees.
A leaf collection fee and tighter punishments for people who make false 911 calls are two ideas that were brought up in a work session. Last year, $4.5 million was spent on responding to about 11,000 false emergency calls.
“It cost the tax payers $1,400 every time the fire trucks go out on a false alarm, so that can get very expensive very quickly,” explains Tony Wilkins, a Greensboro city councilmember.
Currently people can be fined $50 after a third violation. Wilkins would like to see that fine bumped up to $100 after the second violation.
“I think it will be a win-win if we can tighten down on these false alarms,” says Wilkins.
The idea of charging people if they want their leaves collected is another proposal up for discussion. Right now leaf collection is included in homeowner’s trash collection fee.
“I do not expect this to go without a fight,” says Wilkins.
City leaders expect to talk about each idea more before voting.