Latah County Commissioners approved solid waste fee increases of 3 percent to 5 percent for rural residential and commercial customers Wednesday during a regular commissioners meeting in Juliaetta.
The new fees will take effect Jan. 1 for those in unincorporated areas of the county.
Solid Waste Coordinator Amanda Bashaw said the increases are in response to a 2.7 percent increase for collection costs from Latah Sanitation Inc. and a 4.5 percent increase for disposal costs from the city of Moscow. The 2.7 percent and 4.5 percent increases were expected, Bashaw said, as they are part of contractual agreements the county has with the two entities. The two rates are modified each year based on the consumer price index.
“I want the rural residents to know that the county is passing on a small fee increase based on the increases we’ve received,” Bashaw said.
She said if the commissioners had not raised the fees, then customers would experience a big fee increase down the road.
County Commissioner Dave McGraw said the increases are to cover costs — not generate profit.
“We try to keep the increases as low as possible,” he said.
Residential customers with 35-gallon carts will pay $246 in 2020, up $7.20 from 2019; those with 65-gallon carts will pay $303 next year, up $11.40 from this year; and 95-gallon cart owners will pay $366, up $16.80 from this year.
For commercial customers, those with 95-gallon roll carts will pay $405 in 2020, an increase of $9 from 2019; 1-yard container owners will pay $828, a $33 increase from this year; 2-yard container owners will pay $1,488, a $45 increase from 2019; 3-yard container owners will pay $2,136, a $48 increase from this year; 4-yard container owners will pay $2,880, a $96 increase from 2019; and 6-yard container owners will pay $4,110, a $120 increase from this year.
Annual payments received by March 1 will receive a $5 credit. A $10 late fee will be applied after the 15th of March, June, September and December for quarterly payments.
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