Why is a bundled brush collection fee being implemented now (April 2019) after being free for so long?

The former "free" service had actually cost the Village $83,610 annually. The Village is facing serious budget concerns and must assess all spending. In order maintain a high level of core services. These core services include public safety provided by Police and Fire Departments; road, sewer, and water maintenance from Public Works; building and code enforcement from Community Development, and responsible long-term financial planning from the Finance Department.

Village Staff has been tasked with identifying discretionary/enhanced services and assessing their funding. Free bundled brush pick-up was identified as an enhanced service.

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1. Why is a bundled brush collection fee being implemented now (April 2019) after being free for so long?
2. What is the difference between a core service and an enhanced service?
3. Why was free bundled brush collection identified as an enhanced service?
4. What is the bundled brush collection fee?
5. Where can I purchase a yard waste sticker?
6. Will the Village require a yard waste sticker for brush collection after a storm event?
7. What are the restrictions for bundled brush collection?
8. If I don’t want to pay the fee, is there an alternative to bundled brush collection?
9. Why is there a budget deficit?
10. I pay taxes. Why don’t my tax dollars pay for this service?
11. What is the Village doing to help with the budget issues?