For the first time in 12 years sanitation rates are expected to go up by 3 % in the new year. City Council members are expected to vote at Thursday’s City Council meeting to accept a rate increase by Advanced Disposal for residential accounts of $0.78 to $17.50 per month for regular accounts and $14.35 for seniors. Commercial rates will stay the same except for rolloff containers which will face an increase in daily rentals of $2.15 and a tonnage fee increase of $2.78 per ton.
City Manager Danny Roberts told city council members at Monday’s work session that the increase is the result of recycling product no longer being exported to China.
The rates to the city will go up Jan. 1, 2020 and council members were concerned about passing the increase on without being able to notify the customers. Roberts said if the city was to hold off until February, it would cost the city about $10,000.
However, since December bills have not yet gone out, it is likely that the increase will be voted on Thursday and the notification will go out in bills before the end of the year. If that is indeed the case, the new rates for city customers will be implemented effective from the Jan. 1 billing.