There may be a budget crisis in Jacksonville, but don’t tell that to the Mayor’s Office—at least when it comes to negotiating with Waste Management for that 35 year $750 million no-bid contract. Folio’s Susan Cooper Eastman highlighted a particular provision of the now infamous contract in this week’s Folio Weekly. The city has had a long running dispute with Waste Management over noise violations at the Trail Ridge Landfill. The 47 violations resulted in $470,000 in fines—none of which have been paid. Those fines are graciously forgiven in the new proposed contract the Mayor is trying to ram through the Council.
Perhaps there is no budget crisis after all. I wonder who will be next in line to request that the Mayor waive their fines?