I'm going to toss an idea out for thought: was Virginia Beach City Hall genuine in floating the idea of a garbage fee?
I'm skeptical. It's been on the table a couple times before, only to be rejected. First, homeowners can deduct collections embedded in the Property Tax on their income taxes. Second, some may decide not to pay the fee, then simply dump their garbage in environmentally sensitive areas.
Therefore, I believe it was a ruse by staff towards getting City Council to swallow other fee increases.