- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Rockford officials say taxpayers are subsidizing two of its citywide waste collection programs and they want nearby municipalities to help cover the costs.

City Administrator Jim Ryan proposed to six local government leaders in Winnebago and Boone counties last month that they split the cost of a regional program estimated to cost $184,775 annually. He says dealing with household hazardous and electronic waste is a regional issue that should also be addressed by other communities. He says it’s time to discuss a regional funding solution.

The Rockford Register Star (https://bit.ly/ZEihXx ) reports that Ryan has proposed an agreement based on population. According to his suggestion, Rockford would contribute $81,000 per year and the other local governments would be responsible for dividing up the remaining $104,000 per year.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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