In April we went to the polls and answered the question about adding $1 per month tax on the bill of each Hannibal utility customer to fund the Sheltered Workshop operation. The answer was NO by a very slim margin.


In April we went to the polls and answered the question about adding $1 per month tax on the bill of each Hannibal utility customer to fund the Sheltered Workshop operation. The answer was NO by a very slim margin.
The fundamental problem is still the same. For the City of Hannibal to fund one entity in a competitive business suddenly affects the level of the playing field. The entire recycling industry has been affected by falling prices and thus we are doing what we have to do to stay in operation. Personally, it would not have dawned on me to go to the City Council and request a special tax to fund our operation.
As a not-for-profit corporation, the Sheltered Workshop has another option available to them. Tax deducible contributions could be made to the Sheltered Workshop to fund their recycling project. Placing a fee on the utility bills of customers of the City of Hannibal is forcing them to fund a service that some may never use. Some utility companies have given their customers the option of addition an extra amount for not-for-profit programs.
Many of us have been disturbed about the federal government’s bailouts of the automobile industry, and this measure is a local version of the same thing. If the City of Hannibal is to involve itself in the recycling industry, then it should be a comprehensive program that involves all providers of recycling services without favoritism.
I hope you will agree with me on Aug. 4.

Lindell F. Shumake
Kan-Man Metal Recycling Inc.