Alachua hikes garbage rates

Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 11:04 p.m.
ALACHUA - A garbage collection rate increase of more than $3 a month was approved by the City Commission on Monday night despite opposition from speakers who said the hike was too steep and unfair.
The fees will increase from $13.75 to $16.90 for most of the city and $17.37 for Turkey Creek.
"I'm very disturbed about the increase. Our yearly income does not go up that high," said Thelma Hammond, who lives on a fixed income. "I don't have much garbage and I feel it is unfair to pay that much."
Assistant City Manager Lisa Absher said the increase is needed so garbage service will be self-supporting. Before the new contract with Waste Management Inc., the rate did not meet costs, and the difference was paid for by the city's general fund, taking money away from services such as police, she said.
The higher fees for Turkey Creek were approved because it has in-ground containers, which are more labor-intensive for Waste Management. Several Turkey Creek residents spoke against the additional rate increase.
Several speakers applauded the commission for the new contract, saying it was arrived at after considerable study and will help make the service pay for itself.
Cindy Swirko can be reached at 374-5024 or Cindy.swirko@

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