It appears the cost of garbage collection will increase for customers who utilize the city’s weekly garbage service.
McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved, on first read, an ordinance that will increase residential garbage fees by $1.50 and commercial fees by $5.50 per month. A second passing read is required.
The increase was suggested by Public Works Department director Frank Southard to members of the city Streets and Sanitation Committee as a way to compensate for the rising costs associated with offering the service.
“The commercial services raised 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.
There are approximately 6,200 residential customers and 100 commercial customers which use city garbage disposal. Under the new fee structure, there will be a $1.50 increase for residential, from $13.50 to $15. Commercial charges vary depending on size of the container. The new fees would add an additional $5.50 across-the-board increase for commercial customers.
Being an ordinance, one more approval by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is required before the new fee structure will go into effect. The next meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.