NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Angelina County commissioners on Tuesday tabled a request for the county’s Waste Management Center to increase rates.
Landfill manager Chuck Brooks said the last rate increase was in 2008.
Brooks is proposing increasing commercial rates by 10 percent. He told commissioners the rate hike is needed due to the continuing rise in costs of day-to-day operations and future construction costs at the landfill.
“When you’re looking at the all costs going and you have not gone up in costs for the services that you’re providing for the county in over ten years, there needs to be some adjustments made,” said Don Lymbery, Angelina County Judge.
Lymbery explains one the reasons to consider an increase in landfill rates is, "we have fuel costs that goes up all the time."
The rate for un-compacted waste is $7.19 per cubic yard, that's about a pickup load. The proposed rate would raise that to $7.90. And for compacted waste, the rate is set at $7.34 Per cubic yard making the proposed rate $8.07 per cubic yard.
For those living in rural areas of Angelina County, residential rates will be raised from $5.25 per cubic yard to $6.00 for the same size load.
"And all we're doing is making some minor adjustment to try to catch up with the costs and other landfills in the East Texas area. We're way under what all the others are charging," Lymbery said.
In fact, Nacogdoches County residents already pay $0.14 cents more per cubic load than what Angelina County is proposing.
Brooks said the rates for tarp fees will remain the same.
Commissioners will reconsider the agenda item at the next meeting.