We have waited for our representatives to raise the matter of "trash collection taxes being included in property taxes without service," but have had no real action.

Residents of multifamily condominium buildings are charged for trash and recycling services but receive no service from the City or County. This is done by classifying us as businesses, even though each residence in our building represents a single family home with family owners and payment responsibilities- just like any other single family home.

This situation represents a true financial hardship and injustice for the 143 Oglethorpe households (and other multifamily homes) who pay trash collection taxes to the city and recycling collection taxes to the county, in addition to an annual amount of approximately $18,000, for private trash and recycling pickup. About 2/3 of this cost is for the trash removal portion. This does not include individual costs for bulk trash pickup which every other Hyattsville household enjoys. This triple billing must stop.

We look forward to moving this issue forward and are open to discussing options (including tax refunds, trash pickup, etc.) with the public as the City has ignored us. Either the City should stop taxing the residents or should pick up the trash. This is basic fairness.

Hyattsville Residents, in this day and age when we are spending money on "extras" like putting art covers on utility boxes, isn't it only fair that we go back to the basics and discusss providing sanitation services for all residents? Neighbors who pay taxes and participate in our community? Neighbors who are paying for services they are not receiving? Please help us.

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The planning department says they have no influence regarding what can be done on Baltimore Avenue, East-West Highway, and Queens Chapel. They claim this because the said roadeways are owned and operated by the State Highway Association. Yet, Hyattsville city planners provide no warnings on the wikimap or in other community interfaces so the public can be aware that their ideas for Baltimore Avenue, East-West Highway, and Queens Chapel, will not come to fruition. To add to the confusion, they verbally provide a link during project meetings to where we can comment on SHA roadways.

More importantly, I spoke with SHA and the Transportation Planners at Prince George's County. They confirmed that the City of Hyattsville planner's perception of no influence is incorrect and short of completing the planning tasks of collaboration and coordination during the planning process. In the industry, this is called "working in a vacuum".

Please be aware that Hyattsville planning staff and leadership do not want to work anymore than obligatory. Lets challenge them to set meetings and coordinate with their municipal counterparts. This action will fulfill what all of these cool internet tools aspire to offer. After all, its not that hard to set up a meeting and speak up on behalf of your city.

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What about creating a Food Bank/Soup Kitchen/Food Service training center? Local supermarkets and restaurants could donate food they cannot sell. High school students could volunteer for community service hours. Qualified instructors could train people in food services. Hungry citizens could get a meal, or pantry suplies.

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