County to consider raising landfill rates
The Moffat County landfill manager has advised the county commissioners to increase fees pertaining to “solid waste” at the facility.
At Tuesday’s Moffat County Commission meeting, the commissioners said they would plan on increasing rates but would wait to vote on the increase until their meeting on July 8.
“I say we try to get some public feedback,” said Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos. “We will bring it back July 8 and plan on raising the price to $10 per ton for residents and $20 per ton for non-residents.”
Examples of “solid waste” include sludge from wastewater treatment, concrete, car wash sludge, sand or dirt and tree mulch.
Current fees are $5 per ton for residents and $13 per ton for non-residents. Johnson said the increase is necessary to assist in controlling cost due to the increasing size of the landfill and the amount of “airspace” the solid waste consumes.
“Our landfill is filling up faster than we expected and we need to increase cost in order to expand,” he said.
Half of the money for municipal use is supposed to come from tax dollars and the other half is supposed to come through fees charged for use, Johnson said.
“Our landfill is considerably cheaper than other places,” Johnson said. “I haven’t heard of any other landfills charging less than $40 a ton for municipal use. We charge $16 per ton.”
In order to maintain the balance between tax dollars and municipal use, Johnson said the landfill wants to increase fees for “solid waste.”
Johnson said he was not sure what the public’s reaction would be to the solid waste increase.
“I don’t know what to expect,” he said. “There wasn’t a huge volume of users, but we’ll take what we hear and evaluate from there.”
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