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Garbage rates may rise

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Custer citizens and businesses may see their garbage removal rates increase for the first time since 2009, if a request by the city’s garbage removal company for a 10 percent increase is approved by the Custer City Council. Tim Sander, owner of Sander Sanitation, came before the council at Monday night’s meeting to request a 10 percent increase, citing the cost of doing business as the culprit for his request.
“Believe me, I do not like asking for it,” he said.
Sander last requested and received an increase from the city in 2009, when his company’s cost for landfill use jumped considerably. This time, Sander said a substantial jump in the cost of tire disposal, employee wages and insurance have led to the request, along with the need to replace one of the main trucks his company uses to remove garbage from the city.
If the request is approved, city finance officer Laurie Woodward said it would equate to about a $1.75 increase per customer. The council discussed the possibility of raising rates to cover the 10 percent increase requested by Sander.
The council decided to take the issue to its general government committee for consideration. Sander said he would submit the proposal in writing to the city and hoped if the request is approved, it could be approved by early February.

Custer citizens and businesses may see their garbage removal rates increase for the first time since 2009, if a request by the city’s garbage removal company for a 10 percent increase is approved by the Custer City Council. Tim Sander, owner of Sander Sanitation, came before the council at Monday night’s meeting to request a 10 percent increase, citing the cost of doing business as the culprit for his request.

“Believe me, I do not like asking for it,” he said.

Sander last requested and received an increase from the city in 2009, when his company’s cost for landfill use jumped considerably. This time, Sander said a substantial jump in the cost of tire disposal, employee wages and insurance have led to the request, along with the need to replace one of the main trucks his company uses to remove garbage from the city.

If the request is approved, city finance officer Laurie Woodward said it would equate to about a $1.75 increase per customer. The council discussed the possibility of raising rates to cover the 10 percent increase requested by Sander.

The council decided to take the issue to its general government committee for consideration. Sander said he would submit the proposal in writing to the city and hoped if the request is approved, it could be approved by early February.

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