City hikes trash rates

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By David Giuliani

The city is planning to increase garbage rates by 10 percent over the next three months because of a jump in fuel costs.

The city administration is allowed to adjust rates without the approval of the City Council for up to three months. After that, the council must give its blessing.

The increase will mean an increase of $1.75 a month for homeowners and $3.15 for commercial customers.

Besides fuel prices, the city is also seeing an increase in the cost of a rollout container — from $42 to $78.

“There’s no question we need an adjustment in solid waste rates. The public needs to be made aware of this,” Councilman Morris Madrid said at last week’s council meeting.

Councilwoman Diane Moore agreed. “We need to make sure the public is informed,” she said.