The city of Quincy hosted the first of two public hearings on proposed changes to the garbage and recycling systems Tuesday night.
About 250 residents gathered in the St. Peter Catholic Church cafeteria for the forum.
Many voiced displeasure with the proposed plans, all of which would increase cost to residents to at least $12 per month.
Quincy residents currently pay 50 cents per garbage sticker. According to the city's research, stickers cost an average of $3 in other Illinois cities. From that same research, the average monthly cost for residents in cities with a flat garbage rate is $15.
KHQA spoke with one resident who would support an increase to sticker cost, but not a flat monthly rate.
"I wouldn't mind them taking it up to a dollar, or a dollar-and-a-half for trash stickers ... but there are a lot of families out there that couldn't afford the 13 or 15 dollars a month that it would take, and there are a lot of senior citizens that have enough problems paying for their prescriptions, let alone trash removal," Quincy resident Mary Newbanks said.
Some residents feel the proposed plans are unfair to those who do not produce as much trash in a week or month.
KHQA spoke with another resident, who chose to remain anonymous, that already uses a private company for their trash removal. Even though the city's proposed plans would cost less than the resident is currently paying, they didn't feel it was right to be forced to use a certain system.
Mayor of Quincy Kyle Moore reiterated the fact that the city is losing money with the current system.
"Most people understand it's impossible for us to deliver this service at 50 cents per week to households," Moore said.
"So how do we raise that up to an acceptable level that pays for the program? That's what this conversation is about," he added.
Moore would like to present the plan to City Council in 2013 and if approved, the switch over would happen by May 1, 2014.
To view the presentation that was given on Tuesday, click
You can see KHQA's complete interview with the Director of Administrative Services Glenda Hackemack
You can seek KHQA's complete interview with a private citizen, Carol Nichols,
The final public hearing will be held on Thursday, December 5 at the Quincy Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.