County landfill fees go up

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By Jeff M. Hardison

Williston City Council member Debra F. Jones said Nov. 6 that the city may stop having garbage service as a result of an increase in fees by Levy County.

The County Commission approved the increase 4-1, with Commissioner Nancy Bell casting the dissenting vote. This is the first time in 18 years that dumping fees increased at the landfill. The new rates take effect Nov. 30.

Jones said the city's budget is set and the fiscal year just began. There are only about 1,000 households, she said, and the city must increase the garbage service fee to absorb the increased fees at the county landfill. She noted Williston is the last city in Levy County to have garbage service that is not a franchised operation.

Bell protested against "tipping fees" increasing so dramatically in one year, even though they remained stable for almost two decades. Government Services Group of Tallahassee created a new rate structure to meet the budgetary needs of the landfill. There was no step-method for upping the ante for garbage drop offs.

The following fees will apply as of Nov. 30:

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