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Council eyes increase in landfill fees to pay for expansion

Council eyes increase in landfill fees to pay for expansion

Author: Action News 17/Monday, December 22, 2014/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories

AMITE—The Tangipahoa Parish Council delayed a measure to increase tipping fees at the Tangipahoa Parish Landfill until after the first of the year.

The council voted 9-0 to table the new solid waste rates at the Hano Road landfill until their first meeting in January, which is scheduled for Jan. 12.

Under the newly proposed rate schedule, residential customers in the cities will go up approximately $1/ton; commercial waste will go up approximately $6 per ton.

Rural garbage residents, who pay a landfill millage, will not experience any increase in tipping fees at the landfill under this proposal, Finance Director Jeff McKneely said Monday night.

The increase is necessary, McKneely said, due to rising costs to maintain the landfill. The parish only has approximately three-years’ worth of “active space” at the Hano Road landfill. After that, the existing landfill will be completely full.

Under the new proposal, the increased fees will offset the cost of mitigating existing wetland property at the landfill, which will be then put to use to expand the site.

“The increase will basically allow us to purchase land we already own,” McKneely explained, sharing how the wetland property will be mitigated to allow extended use of the site.

Without that mitigation, the parish will soon have to contract out their garbage disposal services—a cost that could be three or four times the existing price of garbage service.

“It’s significantly cheaper to use our landfill than to have to take the garbage out of parish,” McKneely explained, noting that the cost per ton to haul garbage to neighboring parishes would run approximately $45 per ton.

The council agreed they will take the matter up again in three weeks, after they have notified the municipalities of the upcoming increases. If approved, these rates would remain in effect until 2016.
 
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