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County debates whether to raise solid waste rates

Imposing a flat rate on commercial trucks hauling waste is one way Hubbard County commissioners are thinking about raising rates. There would be little change in houseld rates such as this one. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

As Hubbard County officials near the end of the budgeting process for 2013, commissioners have already approved raising the out-of-county rate for household garbage, from $160 annually to $170. "We are taking a lot of the surrounding counties' garbage," commissioner Kathy Grell said. Since 1987, many out-of-town haulers have been "getting a free ride," solid waste superintendent Vern Massie said. He is proposing a flat rate of $100 per truckload on commercial haulers, which could raise $100,000, commissioner Greg Larson estimated. Massie said it's still a good deal for haulers since neighboring counties are charging two or three times that much. The rates wouldn't change for residential haulers, like that above. The board tabled the matter for further consideration, along with a requested raise for recyling materials that the DAC has a contract to pick up.

Sarah Smith

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