As the City of Kingston contemplates a trash fee for non-profits, see story in today’s Freeman here, it’s important to discuss this issue as a community. The Freeman story notes that residents and commercial property owners carry the financial burden left over from non-profits who don’t pay for trash pick-up. The story also notes that putting in place a fee would also force non-profits to recycle more of their waste.
On the other hand, non-profits would likely argue that they too are as strapped for cash as any homeowner or business owner is due to the recession and a lack of funding.
Either way, this sheds light on a larger issue that has loomed in Kingston for some time regarding the large number of non-profits within the city and the large percentage of property that is off the tax rolls as a result.
With this in mind, we’d like to encourage you to weigh in on this topic. Do you think non-profits should pay a fee for trash, or perhaps other city services? Should non-profits be paying property taxes? Why or why not?