Garbage fee could be raised Monday

Pine Bluff’s monthly garbage collection fee could be increasing Monday night.

The city council will be considering a resolution that calls for raising Waste Management of Arkansas’ current $15.59 monthly charge per unit by 1.5 percent to $15.82. In its current form, the proposal would become effective immediately upon approval.

If adopted, a copy of the resolution would be mailed by the city clerk to WMA and Liberty Utilities Water Company — which accesses and collects garbage fees as reflected on its monthly water bills — as soon as the legislation has been approved by the mayor and recorded.

The fee increase is in accordance with the city’s franchise agreement with WMA to provide garbage collection within the city. The resolution states that annual adjustments are based on agreed criteria and implemented each Nov. 1, which is the contract’s anniversary date.

A current ordinance requires that the city’s cost of collection and the amount received by customers be sufficient to cover the city’s contract expenses.

The garbage fee measure is one of 11 items scheduled for consideration at the council’s 5:30 p.m. meeting on Monday. The present agenda includes six resolutions and five ordinances.