By Katie Dahlstrom
Clinton residents will soon be paying more to get rid of their garbage and other waste after Clinton City Council members gave final approval to a $1.39 solid waste rate increase.
The resolution passed by council members Tuesday night increases the solid waste city service flat fee from $9.25 to $9.67 and the solid waste cart charge from $5.25 to $6.22, bringing the total increase for solid waste customers to $1.39.
The resolution passed 6-1 with Ward 4 Councilman Paul Gassman dissenting.
The increase will bring the monthly cost for a resident who uses the city’s solid waste service from $14.50 to $15.89, which means paying an additional $16.68 a year.
Residents who do not use the city’s garbage cart will only be subject to the 42 cent increase in the city service flat fee, which covers recycling, yard waste, large item pickup and the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency fee.
The rate increase will take effect starting with the Aug. 1 billing date.
The last time residents were asked to pay the city more to dispose of garbage was in May of last year when the council implemented the $5.25 flat fee.
That fee wasn’t billed until October, when residents who use the solid waste service received a $42 bill for the previous months.
Meanwhile, city officials are working with consultant Springsted to create a request for proposal (RFP) for waste services that would be open for private haulers and the city to bid for the city’s garbage collection.
Although the city is investigating options that could get it out of the solid waste business altogether, action needed to be taken in order to recover the solid waste fund from its $1.8 million deficit, according to City Administrator Jessica Kinser.
The increase came from a rate increase plan created by Springsted to put the city on track to have positive cash in the solid waste fund by fiscal year 2019.
Following the council meeting, during the Committee of the Whole meeting, council members decided to meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 14 to discuss the solid waste RFP with a Springsted consultant.