DUMAS, TX (KFDA) - After more than a year of unusable waste bins, the City of Dumas is finally dumping the problem.
It's considered one of the biggest eye sores in Dumas -- hundreds of deteriorating and rusted out dumpsters that allow trash to escape and litter the alleys.
"There are quite a few, quite a few citizens that are upset about it," said Dumas City Mayor, Pat Sims. "It was a problem that was just going to get worse and worse if we didn't set it as a priority and fix it."
So, Sims and other city officials are moving it to the top of their to do list.
At a recent city commission meeting, they agreed to allocate $150,000 from the general budget fund to go toward buying new waste bins.
In the past, city officials only used a small amount of money to keep up with repairs, but the money didn't match the growing number of dumpsters needing attention.
"We also are looking at a grant to replace some more," said Sims. "We're hoping to get 100 or so replaced this year and next year we'll do another budget and we'll continue to do it until we get the problem solved."
Not only is this ongoing problem finally getting fixed, but Dumas residents can be relieved to know it will not raise taxes.
"Tax rate is going to stay exactly as it was last year, we were just able to have more revenue this year," said Sims.
The new budget will go into affect in October. Dumas residents will start to see new dumpsters before the end of the year.