March 16, 2005
A Chandler citizens committee is recommending a 35 percent fee hike for residential trash pickup service, which would take effect this summer as the city prepares to close its landfill.
The 11-member, City Council-appointed committee met numerous times to examine waste collection services the city offers to residents who currently pay $11.90 monthly, one of the lowest fees in the Valley.
The committee initially looked at breaking out the cost of some services, which residents currently pay for as part of one fee, but in the end recommended only a few changes. "A lot of the members were surprised at how little a lot of things cost — a few cents here, a few cents there," city spokesman Jim Phipps said.
The committee on Monday recommended raising monthly fees to $15.53 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and again in 2012 to $16.17 a month.
City officials have said that maintaining service as is and adding the cost of trucking trash to a landfill outside Mobile comes to $16.54 a month per household.
The package approved 6-5 by the panel recommends replacing metal containers used in alleys with cheaper, more durable plastic ones; using money left over when the council decided to build a smaller transfer station to pay off solid-waste bond debt and reduce interest payments; and reducing the department’s contingency fund.