Posted: Feb 4, 2013 4:49 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
Updated: Feb 15, 2013 4:34 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - In our series of 6 Investigates: It's Your Money report we've so far shown you how almost $17 million of your taxes have been spent right here in the Corpus Christi area..
While porta potties are never anyone's favorite to use, when you gotta go they help in a pinch. Skid-O-Kan in Corpus Christi rents out these outdoor potties not only for local events, but also for state and federal government use.
These porta potties, or locally known Skid-O-Kans, are found throughout the Coastal Bend partly due to federal government funding. In fact according to the website, fedspending.org, in the first nine months of 2012, the federal government paid Skid-O-Kan $40,000 of our tax dollars.
"You know you have your solid waste and you have your liquid waste, liquid waste is obliviously your bodily functions that somebody's got to clean up. When they are on job sites when there is no rest rooms, we are there to provide the rest rooms," say Skid-O-Kan General Manager Norman Clapp.
"It's a bid situation we have to get all of this by bid, so they are getting a really good price for the services that are rendered," say Clapp.
Locally, that federal contract is used to provide porta potties for employees and contractors at NAS Corpus Christi.
Skid-O-Kan employees clean between 800 and 1,000 of these Skid-O-Kans a day, and a large percentage of them come from the base.
These johns are essential to many federal government employees working in areas where bathrooms aren't availible.
"I mean you just can't have somebody picking a tree out all the time to go to the restroom. It doesn't work that way," says Clapp.
Some of your state tax dollars also go to Skid-O-Kan, for Texas Department of Transportation construction crews. And during hurricane season, these portable restrooms play an important role along the evacuation routes.
"Where ever AEP or other people put stations, emergency stations, that's where we are required to provide a service, because there may not be rest rooms, there may not be water, there may not be electricity," says Clapp.
Which was the case back in 2008, when TXDOT ordered Skid-O-Kans to be placed all along I-37 North. Skid-O-Kan says it is pleased to be working with federal and state governments keeping your tax money close to home.
C.C. Disposal is owned by the same company that owns Skid-O-Kans, it also does work for the government hauling off trash, but would not say how much that contract is worth.
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