Trash Decision Taken To Special Election

Fresno City Council on Thursday voted in favor of a special election to settle the divisive issue of whether residential trash services remain the city's job or if it will be outsourced to a private company.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a strong proponent of privatization, released a written statement after the council's vote.

"I applaud city council members for taking action to allow the voters to weigh in on this important issue. I believe privatizing residential solid waste is the right approach for our community," she said. "It is good for our ratepayers, who will see their rates go down and stay low. It also is good for the city."

The special election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4.