- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man isn’t sure how much it costs his city to collect garbage, but he’s sure the city’s charging more than necessary.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2hBLr6N ) says that’s gist of Adam Giuffrida’s class action lawsuit against Scranton.

The northeastern Pennsylvania city raised its annual trash collection fee from $178 to $300 two years ago.

The lawsuit says the city code requires the fee to cover only costs directly associated with trash collection, but contends the fee is being used as a “general revenue source.”

The city’s garbage collection budget is $4.2 million this year and, through September, the city has spent about $2.8 million. But the lawsuit contends the city has collected $6.2 million in fees.

City council says it plans to study the actual cost of collecting garbage.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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