Saturday, November 24, 2012 – 10:45 a.m.

There’s some creative thinking going on in the city of Redlands these days.

The financially-strapped city is looking for revenue generators and believes it’s found one.

Unfortunately this road to more money is problematic.

The latest move by the city is to phase-in an $8 per month trash fee hike over three years. Yes, I said $8 per month or $96 per year. A size-able hike under any examination.

However, the money isn’t going to be used to pay increased trash collection expenses or higher tipping fee costs at county landfills. Instead the money is going to fund street repairs. The square peg in a round hole thinking being that trash trucks must be causing most of the damage to city streets, thus the refuse department must fund the street surface rehabilitation.

It’s a cute concept, but likely illegal under Proposition 218, which requires voter approval of any new taxes, which in reality the new fee is.

The city needs to take the matter to its voters.