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Don't spend the $200k in recycling savings until you see it

To the editor,
I am in favor of more city-wide recycling. However, I am not in favor of adopting a city budget that is predicated upon "potential savings" from increased recycling efforts. If the $200K in (recycling) savings for the city is actually realized, then, and only then should the city spend the money. It was once said "I see a fund ... capable of extinguishing the debt... in 10 years or earlier. But we must not reckon our chickens before they are hatched." (Sir Walter Scott, 1829 Scott Journal, May 20, 1946).
Thomas Selling
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