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Condo trash bill will not become law


A bill passed by City Council last week that would give a $200 annual tax credit to condo and co-op owners who do not receive regular trash pick-up will not become law.

Mayor Nutter described the measure today, sponsored by Councilman Jim Kenney, as "inappropriate."

Kenney decided to move the bill forward last week and City Council passed it 12-5, with nay votes from Council members Bill Green, Curtis Jones Jr., Jack Kelly, Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Marian Tasco.

Nutter will not send a veto message up to Council this Thursday –the last session of the year – instead the bill will die since he does not plan on signing it into law –a move also known as a pocket veto.

"Like every other property owner, we offered that service to the condominium owners, some have taken advantage of it, many others have not," Nutter said.

Nutter added that when he was a Councilman he supported a lawsuit filed against the Street administration that required the city to offer trash pick-up services to condo and co-op owners.

"But the idea that somehow we're going to send you money because you're not taking advantage of the service is way beyond… is beyond the scope of the lawsuit that Council was successful in pursuing. It's just inappropriate," he said.

"I've talked with the Councilman a number of times about it. I understand his position and he understands mine."

Kenney said he disagrees.

"I think it's an issue of basic fairness," Kenney said. "The Mayor, he's my friend but we disagree on this."