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Council Approves Trash And Recycling Rate Increase

on July 17, 2017 - 5:25pm

​During the regular County Council meeting July 11, Los Alamos resident Brady Burke, left, speaks during the public comment period regarding the proposed rate ordinance that would result in increased refuse, recycling and solid waste facility fees for commercial and residential customers. Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule and Public Works Director Philo Shelton listen to Burke, who opposed the proposed rate increases and advised sending the ordinance back for further review. County Council approved the ordinance 6-1. Councilor James Chrobocinski  voted against the ordinance. The  increases are $3 per month or a 13 .6 percent increase for residential customers and a 3 percent increase for commercial customers. This means homeowners will pay $25 a month for trash and recycling services. In FY 17, they paid $22 a month. Commercial businesses will play a total of $146 for both trash and recycle dumpsters. In FY17, businesses were charged $141.46. The new rates will go into effect Sept. 1. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/