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City garbage fees to rise
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McMinnville residents could see an increase in their Solid Waste Collection and Disposal fee beginning in June.
“No exact date has been set yet,” said McMinnville Public Works assistant director Brad Hennessee. “It is my understanding that a notice of board passage will be listed in the paper and it will become effective when the new billing cycle starts after that. Sometime around June 1, but I’m not sure exactly.”
McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave final approval for the increase Tuesday night. The measure passed unanimously with all members in attendance.
Approved was an increase of 12.5 percent for residential garbage fees and an increase of 15 percent for commercial fees. The increase will generate an additional $174,000 a year, which Hennessee says is needed to purchase new garbage trucks and stop depleting revenues.
The department does keep extra money on hand just in case of an emergency. That fund has been cut in half over the last year.
“Since May of last year, our contingency fund in sanitation has decreased from $307,131 to $142,862,” said Hennessee. “We have some landfill expenses that came out of this that we’ve never had before. A lot of the money was for landfill remediation.”
Being an enterprise system, the city’s Solid Waste Collection and Disposal service is funded solely on funds generated from its users.