Clarence Valley Council is running the old pea and thimble scam, but are using garbage cans instead of thimbles.
Here is how it works.
If you are lucky enough to have the three wheely bins, green red and yellow, you are not in the firing line of this sting.
If you are one of the many in Valley rural areas who only receive the service of the red and yellow bins, read on….
It pays to think on the fortnightly cycle of the garbage service outside of the towns.
Last year the red bin was collected every week, therefore in one fortnight 2 red bins were collected and one week in the same period the yellow bin was collected. This makes a grand total of 3 bins per fortnight.
This current year the red bin is collected one week and the yellow bin the next week, the total number of bin per fortnight collected is 2.
When you look at this there is a 1/3 reduction in our garbage service, but the council assures me that the price we will pay for garbage services in our rates will remain the same.
So my argument is: since the garbage service has reduced by 1/3 or 33.3% and the price we pay for this service is the same as last year we are in affect paying 33.3% more than we did last year.
To put this in dollar terms if the garbage charged on my rates last year was $300, this current year I am in effect paying $100 more this year.
All this without a visible increase in the rate notices.
If this isn’t the best little pea and thimble scam you have seen in a while let me know.
In fact I hear that an unprecedented number of ‘Nigerian’ emailers have applied for Australian residency visas so that they can sit at the feet of a veritable scam meister.
Bins from Google Images