AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB)– Almost a dozen condo communities want to know why they pay property taxes just like a single family residence but aren’t getting the same city services for things like trash removal. Agawam Councilor Cecilia Calabrese is raising a stink about the issue and has been trying to get something done about it.
She said, “It’s a public health issue. We have private citizens paying for something that essentially the entire community benefits from and the whole point in local government is to provide services to the citizens.”
Calabrese says condos make up 10-15% of homeowners in Agawam and they’re mostly owned by senior citizens or small families which means less trash and more efficient for trash pick-up with the units closer together. She also feels it’s a no-brainer since the city already profits from the condos.
“The town is coming onto the property, picking up their recyclables and taking that money and putting it into the general fund …so why not at least reimburse the cost of trash removal?”
Calabrese is waiting on a resolution she wrote back in July that asks the city to reimburse the condo owners who pay an outside garbage company to pick up their trash- something she says doesn’t even happen in other places.
“More and more cities are providing trash pickup, Chicopee, for example. Its not an issue for them so I don’t know why it’s such a big issue for Mayor Cohen but, apparently, it is.”
We talked to the mayor’s office and mayor cohen released a statement saying “The law department is looking into the issue.”