There was no surprise in the news yesterday that Lakewood Village Board was already reconsidering the decision made Monday to eliminate recyclables from its garbage collection program.
Lakewood has been providing trash and recycling pick up service for many years to village residents. On Monday, the board voted to continue only the trash pickup to save money on the contract with the garbage hauler.
Instead, Lakewood residents would have to take aluminum, paper and cardboard, plastic and glass to the Highway Department themselves for recycling.
On Tuesday, we published the figures on property taxes and budget savings in a story about the board meeting: On a $1.69 million property tax levy, eliminating the recycling pickup would save $35,000 or 2 percent.
While the Village Board didn't do the math before voting Monday evening, obviously plenty of Lakewood residents did yesterday- and after the first 50 or 60 upset people telephoned in on Tuesday, the mayor was ready to call a special meeting next week to reconsider.
What the board failed to figure out was that the owner of, say, a home assessed at $200,000 would save about 23 cents a week on his property tax bill by taking recyclables to the village Highway Department himself instead of the village paying a hauler to pick it up at the curb.
Sometimes it is hard to figure out how government spends the money we send in, but the purpose of that extra 23 cents a week is absolutely clear.
So, Lakewood residents, if you do not think the sensibility of the figures speak for themselves, you might want to join the village trustees at their 6:30 p.m. special meeting next Monday.