75 cent rate increase suggested for garbage pickup


By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@civitasmedia.com



Village manager Steve Dupee explains to village council why a 75 cent increase in monthly charges for trash pickup in Wellington could be necessary this year. Another 75 cents could be added on in 2018.


Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Your monthly bill for trash collection in Wellington could jump by 75 cents starting in May, with an additional 75-cent increase being considered for next year.

The idea is necessitated by a February 2016 increase in charges to the village from Republic Services, village manager Steve Dupee said Monday.

He expects to put a proposal before council April 3 at its next scheduled meeting.

As it stands, residents are charged $16.75 per month while seniors pay $16.25. Dupee said Republic’s increase last year put expenses to the village at $16.92 per household and $16.40 for seniors.

The village refuse fund sits at $315,000 with $324,000 in expenses. Dupee said an ideal surplus in the fund would be about $52,000, or enough to cover two months of service.

“I calculated that a 75 cent increase this year and another next year would put that unencumbered money at $46,000, which is just about where we need to be,” he said. “I think what we’re looking to do is go ahead with the increase for this year and then revisit it in 2018.”

Deciding whether to include late fees in yearly fund projections, which represents a $5,000 difference, could slightly change the suggested increase, Dupee said.

Another factor that could affect the change is Republic only charging Wellington for 1,506 households’ trash service while the village actually collects money from 1,546 households. If corrected by Republic, it would increase charges to the village by about $8,500.

Finance director Vanya Hales said the discrepancy could be a result of Republic incorrectly calculating the number of trash accounts in multi-unit houses.

“I’m not sure if multi-family units would have impact on that,” said Dupee. “I want to ask Republic how they check to see if the number of carts match the number of accounts at each residence.”

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Village manager Steve Dupee explains to village council why a 75 cent increase in monthly charges for trash pickup in Wellington could be necessary this year. Another 75 cents could be added on in 2018.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/03/web1_IMG_7017.jpgVillage manager Steve Dupee explains to village council why a 75 cent increase in monthly charges for trash pickup in Wellington could be necessary this year. Another 75 cents could be added on in 2018.

Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

By Jonathan Delozier

jdelozier@civitasmedia.com