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McMinnville officials have approved raising residential and commercial garbage rates in committee. The measure must now be approved by the full city board.

Calculating the cost of garbage collection and disposal has the city of McMinnville considering a fee increase. The last increase was in 2017.

McMinnville Public Works Department director Frank Southard suggested to members of the city Streets and Sanitation Committee that the Solid Waste Collection fee be increased for both residential and commercial customers to cover an increase in disposal. 

The committee has given its approval for increasing residential garbage fees by $1.50 and commercial fees by $5.50 per month. The increase must be approved by the full city board.

 “The commercial services raised its rates by $2.44 a ton,” said Southard. “Based on previous years, we estimate the increase will be approximately $30,000 a year.”

Solid Waste Collection and Disposal is an enterprise fund and expenses associated with it must be funded solely by user fees and rates.

“We’d also like to go up some in order to purchase new equipment in a timely manner,” said Southard. “We have one truck that we’ve spent $100,000 on trying to keep it on the road.”

A new front-loader truck for commercial garbage is estimated at just over $300,000, a side-loader truck for household garbage is just under $300,000, and a knuckle boom truck for brush collection is $175,000.

There are approximately 6,200 residential customers and 100 commercial customers which use city garbage disposal. Under consideration is a $1.50 increase for residential, from $13.50 to $15. Commercial charges vary depending on size of the container. Under consideration is a $5.50 across-the-board increase for commercial customers. 

Streets and Sanitation Committee members approved the increases. That recommendation will be sent to the full McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen for consideration.