Chiefland garbage rates going up

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Staff Report

It will cost more to dispose of garbage in Chiefland - about $2,88 a month for residential customers and $5.53 for commercial cart customers and, before anyone complains, it's the first increase in 10 years.

The City Commission at its regular meeting Monday night approved increasing the fees as of November 1 under a plan proposed by Waste Pro in June.

Commissioner Rollin Hudson asked if the increase was due to a hike in landfill tipping fees charged by Levy County.

"The reason is fuel," said City Manager Grady Hartzog, who reminded the commission that it has been 10 years since garbage fees went up.

Customers are being notified of the increase via their bills, signs at city hall and newspaper ads the week of Oct, 2.

The new fee schedule also calls for increases in dumpster fees, depending on the size of the container and the number of times per week it is collected.

Under the proposal, residential customers with one 90-gallon container can expect to pay $17.76 for it to be picked up once a week, and those with two cans will pay $26.65. Residents with twice-weekly pickup would pay $35.87 for one can and $49.24 for two cans.

Commercial can customers will pay $26.75 for one can to be picked up once a week and $52.50 for two cans. Those commercial customers with twice-weekly pickup would pay $52.50 for one can and $79.25 for two cans.

Residential dumpster service cost begins at $72.83 for a 2-yard container picked up once a week rising to $426.93 for a 10-yard container to be picked up twice a week.

Commercial container service starts at $141.94 for once-a-week pick up for a 2-yard container to $2,749.55 for five-times-a-week pickup of a 10-yard container.

The commission voted 3-1 with Mayor Teal Pomeroy dissenting and Vice Mayor Teresa Barron absent to attend a county commission budget meeting.