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City proposes hike in trash collection rates

May 13, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Because of rising trash collection costs, the City of Hagerstown is proposing to raise rates charged to residents approximately $7 a year at its voting session this month.The proposal would increase the $91 annual charge to $98, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Wednesday.

The increases are needed because of two factors, Tissue said.

Washington County officials have proposed an increase in the tipping fees the county collects for garbage dumped at its landfill. Tissue said the city's rate increase could end up being less if the county's proposed increase isn't as high as expected.

In addition, BFI, the contractor that collects trash for the city, is expected to increase its annual fee to adjust for inflation, Tissue said.

The rate increase is among more than two dozen proposed as part of the city's $95.6 million fiscal 2005 budget that will take effect July 1.

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The trash collection fee increase will be among several budget items voted on May 25, when the budget is expected to be adopted.

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