After being directed by the state, Jim Wells County Precinct 1 residents will soon have to pay a $25 monthly fee for trash pick up.
"He said that was illegal to do it for free and misappropriation of taxpayers money," Precinct 1 Commissioner Margie Gonzalez said. "It's mandatory."
Each household in Precinct 1, which includes Rancho Alegre, Springfield, Tecolote and all county roads starting with the number one, will begin seeing a $25 fee in their city water bill. The first bill is set to begin in December with pick ups starting in November. The 95-gallon containers or carts are scheduled to arrive in about two weeks, which will be delivered to the homes. Additional containers can be purchased for one time fee of $50 and an extra $5 per month.
The county commissioners adopted the resolution in August 2015 and approved both the Interlocal agreement with the city and new repose truck in September.
The county is purchasing a truck for $296,088.17 with 1,300 navy blue containers costing $70,681. The city of Alice is charging the county a one time administration fee of $7,100 to put all data into the system and the city will also garnish a $5 fee per household from the $25 monthly bill.
"No need to be outsourcing our dollars," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said once the program is put into place, no domestic burning of household items will be allowed.
The weekly pick up remains the same. Rancho Alegre and Springfield pick ups are on Monday and rural areas on Thursday.
Down the road, Precinct 4 area, which includes Ben Bolt and Premont, will be next to transit into the trash pick up program.