COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Council Bluffs City Council Monday evening unanimously approved increasing fees on residents for trash services provided by Red River Waste Solutions.
The $2-per-month increase would be the first hike for residents in five years, said Public Health Director Donn Dierks.
The increase will take affect on July 1. City residents' total annual trash bill will increase to $216 from $192. Residents who make less than $13,690 a year will see a $1 monthly increase, bringing their annual total bill to $108 from $96.
The increase is necessary because of rising operating costs by Red River as it begins a new five-year extended contract on July 1, Dierks said. The company estimates operating costs will jump $388,000 annually for the next five years.
In a related vote, the council unanimously approved charging $15 on uncovered or unsecured loads being dropped off at the city's Recycling Center. The city spends about $100,000 a year to clean up tree limbs and other items that fall off trucks headed to the center, Mayor Tom Hanafan said.
The $15 would be added to the regular tipping fee people pay to unload large items at the center.
— World-Herald News Service