FAYETTEVILLE — Residents could see an increase in their garbage collection costs as city officials are in talks to gradually increase fees over the next few years.
The current solid waste management service, which collects curbside trash and recyclables, costs $225 per year. The fees, which fully fund the operation, are included in the city’s property taxes.
City officials are proposing a gradual increase in future years — $245 in 2023, $275 in 2025 and $282 in 2027, according to city documents. This would translate to an overall increase of over 25% for residents over the next five years.
The increase would allow the city’s solid waste department to build up a positive balance to cover operating costs for 30 to 90 days, allowing for greater sustainability during unforeseen events, Fayetteville budget director Kelly Olivera says Carolina Public Press.
“A modest increase in fees would create a situation where the self-sustaining solid waste fund carries a balance that could support unexpected changes like natural disasters or threats to public health, welfare and safety,” he said. she declared.
“A positive fund balance would allow service delivery to continue uninterrupted without significant impact on other City services and programs.”
An administrative report detailing the rate increases was presented at the city council meeting on Monday. The board voted unanimously to continue discussing possible increases at its next meeting.
Comparison with other municipalities in Cumberland
Two other municipalities in Cumberland County, Hope Mills and Spring Lake, provide garbage collection for residents.
Both charge more than Fayetteville’s current rate.
Hope Mills charges $250.80 per year or $20.90 per month. Spring Lake charges the most at $307 per year, well above the level Fayetteville plans to charge its solid waste customers after the proposed series of increases.