Trash Fees Hauling Away More Money?

By High, Lucas | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), June 22, 2014 | Go to article overview

Trash Fees Hauling Away More Money?


High, Lucas, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


Hed: Trash fees could be going up By the numbers If the Cheyenne City Council passes trash fee hikes on Monday, residents and businesses would see their bills increase 3.4 percent. The average residential customer's rate would go from $22.05 per month to $22.80, and the average commercial customers' monthly bill would go from $76.75 to $79.35.

CHEYENNE - Trash fees for the city's residents and businesses are about to go up.

The City Council will be taking its final vote Monday on a plan to hike solid waste fees by 3.4 percent.

That percentage is based on cost-of-living increases determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index, said Jim Elias.

He is the city's Public Works Department director.

If passed by the council, those hikes would cause the average residential customer's bill to go from $22.05 per month to $22.80. On the commercial side, accounts requiring one pickup per week would go from $76.75 per month to $79.35.

The increase would first show up on July bills.

These proposed hikes are less than the 8 percent recently suggested by a consultant hired by the city to study its trash fee structure, Elias said.

But they come on the heels of a decision earlier this month to raise the rates that Board of Public Utilities charges for water and sewer. The Public Works Department's plan has come under some criticism as it has made its way through council.

Councilmen Mike Luna, Dicky Shanor and Jimmy Valdez voted against the hikes on second reading in City Council.

"I'm still not comfortable raising the fees," Shanor said. "I've heard the argument that if we don't raise (rates) now, we are going to have to raise them more significantly in a year and that will cause some sort of sticker shock.

"That's possible, but I also think that is just speculation." Councilmen Jim Brown and Sean Allen disagreed.

"The cost of doing business does continue to increase," Allen said. "Eventually the fees will have to be raised. "It's certainly better to do a 3 percent increase this year rather than a 10 percent increase next year. …

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