Customers feel rate increase

Company passes on cost after county raises landfill prices

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Waste Management customers in Moffat County are paying 15 percent more for services because of last months landfill rate increase, company officials said Friday.

Jay Harris, site manager for the company that provides commercial, residential and roll-off dumping services to the Craig area, attributed the increase to the recent rate increase at the Moffat County Landfill.

"We've definitely had to pass that on to our customers," Harris said of the landfill rate increase. "It's had a negative impact on our customer base over there."

Two months ago, the Moffat County commissioners increased fees from $16 to $25 a ton at the Moffat County Landfill.

But because of concerns about losing business from the city of Craig to the Milner Landfill, with whom the city was negotiating, the commissioners scaled that price back from $25 a ton to $22.50 a ton.

The scale back was just enough to keep the city of Craig's business within the county.

City Road and Bridge Director Randy Call said the city had no intentions of any rate increases at this time, but said it will make assessments at the end of this budget year.

"Right now we're going to hold tight," he said. "We'll see where our numbers are in August."

Call said his concerns were addressed when the county agreed to reduce rates from $25 to $22.50.

But the landfill rate increase was enough that Waste Management had to increase its prices.

"Whether it was $22.50 or $25, we would have had to pass that onto our customers," Harris said.

Residential customers' bills are impacted to the tune of about $2 per month, Harris said.

Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele made the motion last month to reduce fees back to $22.50, citing the importance of keeping the city of Craig's business within the county.

The motion unanimously

passed.

But with that, landfill manager Eric Johnson told the commissioners he'd be back at the start of the next budget year to ask for another fee increase.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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