Thursday , May 17, 2018 - 5:15 AM
NORTH OGDEN — North Ogden officials are on board with the proposed 49-cent hike in monthly trash-collection fees to salvage the city’s recycling program.
Residents are OK paying more, as well, as long as the increase isn’t too steep, according to an informal city poll.
The North Ogden City Council discussed the issue Tuesday, and the consensus is to move ahead with the rate hike and keep the recycling program, said Jon Call, the city administrator. A Facebook poll the city conducted showed 87 percent support among respondents for raising garbage fees by up to $2 a month to keep the program, which has been adversely impacted by the falling value of recyclables.
“It seems like people want to keep it up to a certain point,” Councilman Phillip Swanson said.
Per the plan, the garbage fee would go from $11.84 to $12.33 a month. The increase would be part of an overall proposed utility rate hike for North Ogden customers, from $58.68 to $64.55, for 2019. The overall hike will receive formal consideration next month during City Council budget deliberations for the fiscal year 2019, which starts July 1.
With the dip in the value of many recyclables, some recyclers are now charging to accept the items, making recycling programs a more expensive proposition.
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