JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Paying to have your trash picked up is your responsibility. That's the message behind a Jefferson County amendment on the November ballot.
State representative Allen Farley of McCalla, who sponsored the original legislation, says this all started when a property owner in Fairfield complained that he had people move out without paying their trash fees.
The owner said it was unfair for the city to expect him as a landlord to foot the bill. He claims trash collection dues should be treated like utilities.
"The tenants sign up for tv, and sign up for water, and sign up for electricity. And of course if they don't pay it, they shut it off," said Archie Phillips, the landlord who contacted Farley.
Fairfield has been cracking down on people not paying trash dues lately, however this legislation was initiated before that time.
Phillips said he's been stuck with several tenants bills who moved out and didn't pay. If owners can't pay, he said the city places a lean on the property.