NEW ORLEANS - District "D" Councilmember Jared Brossett has released the following statement in response to the Council's decision to defer Ordinance 33,393 mandating a one-time suspension of monthly sanitation charges:
"Obviously, I’m disappointed that we had to defer my ordinance on a one-time elimination of sanitation fees. As I said, this is not the last you’ll be hearing from me on this issue. Residents of the City of New Orleans deserve relief, and they deserve to have their trash picked up regularly, like residents of every other city.
My colleagues and I received an email today from the Mayor’s Administration that our contractors were not able to complete all of their scheduled pickups yesterday. This is moving from being an inconvenience to a full-fledged public health issue.
In my opinion, it is absolutely ridiculous to force people to pay for services they aren’t receiving. It’s my hope that collection will get back on schedule by the end of the month, and I will be monitoring the issue in the coming weeks and months. If it continues, I will keep fighting for what is right for the people of New Orleans.
I know all of my colleagues are not yet on board, but I believe this is what is right for our constituents, and I am ready to do the work necessary to ensure we can come together and get this done. Our city deserves better than this."