I found the ad in Sundays SWTR against George Catsavis quite interesting. The ad was paid for by Walton Maurras and stated “George Catsavis voted twice in the last 12 months to increase your monthly Sanitation Fee by $2.63 per month; city wide this is an annual increase of $904,919.” What Mr Maurras didn’t state was George Catsavis was clearly representing the citizens of this great city, which is virtually non-existent today, and more specifically, the neighbors of Park Hill in their attempt to maintain trash pickup in the alley, the way the neighborhood was originally designed. Fort Smith city management singled out the residents of Park Hill by threatening to raise the Sanitation Rates $2.63 for those residents wanting to continue with manual trash pickup and not the forced automated trash pickup by a non-competitive, “city only” sanitation department.
Bottom line, Jonesboro growing at 21% versus FS at 7%. Jonesboro sales tax 8.5% INCLUDES trash pickup. FS sales tax 9.25% and charges approximately $14 monthly for residential trash pickup. FS city management threatened an additional $2.63 for neighborhoods wanting to continue with manual trash pickup. The additional $14 a month received from residents is $4,816,896 a year. Add the $904,919 the city of FS was threatening to add for neighborhoods who wanted to continue with manual trash pickup and the total revenue for “city only” sanitation comes to approximately $5,721,815 per year, when Jonesboro residents pay “ZERO” trash pickup. This issue alone, makes it very clear George Catsavis supports the wallet of the hardworking taxpayers of Fort Smith.