Victoria landfill fees to increase; residential customers not affected

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Oct. 14, 2012 at 5:14 a.m.

Landfill rates are expected to increase for commercial and Victoria County customers during the next few weeks.

However, Victoria's residential customers will not be affected, said environmental services director Darryl Lesak.

Victoria City Council will hear a report and vote to approve the rate increase at Tuesday's meeting.

Republic Waste Services, which manages the landfill, is allowed by contract to raise its rates by no more than 8 percent in a two-year period, Lesak said.

Last year, its rates increased by 3 percent. This year, the company is presenting a 5 percent increase.

If commercial customers rent a $100 dumpster, their bill would increase to $103.40. Bills are divided into two portions: 40 percent for landfill and 60 percent for operating costs. The landfill portion will increase by 5 percent and the operating cost portion will increase by 2.34 percent, Lesak said.

Lesak said the change includes cost of living and the cost of fuel. While Republic can ask for a higher rate, if it exceeds 8 percent, the council can reject it.

Because of Republic's 5 percent increase, commercial Waste Management customers will also see an increase.

"I haven't seen them go down, but I have seen them stay flat without a rate increase," Lesak said. "There's no increase on the city side for what we charge because we figured in an increase in the budget when we were doing our budget. City-residential folks won't be affected."

Any county customers who bring trash to the landfill will be subjected to the 5 percent increase, Lesak said.

"This is a fair way to do it," he said. "It allows Waste Management and Republic to both keep up with the cost of living and fuel."

He said it is a standard practice across the state.

"It's set up that way to keep them from coming in and raising rates through the roof," he said. "It's a way for us to keep an eye on the rate and make sure they're not running rates up just because they want to."

Calls to Waste Management and Republic Waste Services were not returned.



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