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Fayetteville residents could see increase in solid waste bills in 2023

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Residents and property owners could be looking at a $2 a month fee increase in their solid waste bills next year under a proposal being considered by the Fayetteville City Council.

That would mean an overall increase of $24 a year for solid waste service in 2023. 

Monday’s City Council work session included discussion of a fund balance policy for the Solid Waste Fund. Staff had recommended a gradual buildup to a 90-day reserve amount over five to six years through annual fee increases.

“They indicated last night they would like to see projections on a 30-day reserve,” Kelly Olivera, the director of the city’s Budget and Evaluation Office, said Tuesday, “and so that’s what we’re in the process of pulling together for them now.”

In that case, the fee increase would be different from the proposed $2 a month, she said.

For fiscal 2023, preliminary projections indicate operating costs of about $55,000 per day for solid waste pickup service. 

Residents have been paying $225 a year for this service since the current fee was adopted in the fiscal 2021 annual budget. Under the proposed fee increase in 2023, residents would pay $249 a year for their solid waste pickup service.

"Any time we change our rates or fees, we can hear from residents,” Olivera said. "We’re always striving to provide quality and exemplary services to our residents at an affordable price point.”

She said a fund balance policy is needed for three primary reasons:

- The self-supporting nature of the fund;

- the potential for unexpected fund changes;

- and unanticipated threats to public health, safety or welfare.

A fund balance policy would help negate that, she said.

A revised policy for the council's consideration is expected to be presented at the Feb. 28 regular City Council meeting.

Council members on Monday also listened to Olivera’s financial update on bulky items and limb collection in the city.

With bulky item or limb debris pickup, the service is free for less than full truckload pickups and $357 for full truckload pickups. That’s approximately 20 cubic yards of bulky items or limb debris.

The city does not charge residents for loose leaf collection during scheduled neighborhood pickup.

At the Oct. 4 work session, City Council approved a scheduled, every other week collection of bulky items and limbs, and appropriated loan proceeds for the purchase of required knuckle boom trucks.

After two bid processes that yielded just one competitive bidder, plans call for the council to move forward with the advertisement of a third bid to award a contract for the trucks at its Feb. 14 regular monthly meeting.

Michael Futch covers Fayetteville and education for CityView TODAY. He can be reached at mfutch@cityviewnc.com. Have a news tip? Email news@CityViewTODAY.com.

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