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RATE INCREASE REQUESTED 11-1-17 LMS

The Lemhi County Landfill will be instituting tipping fees as of January 1, 2018. Diane Cleveland, General Manager of Lemhi Sanitation, told the November 1st meeting of the Salmon City Council those tipping fees will mean monthly fees for garbage pickup services will have to be increased.

Lemhi Sanitation operates on a franchise agreement with the city therefore any fee changes are subject to city approval. Cleveland estimates that in order to cover the company’s higher operating expenses the monthly residential fee for city residents will have to be increased by $3 and that the charge to service commercial sites will increase by 15 percent. She explained that ‘tipping fee’ means loads hauled to the Land Fill will now be weighed and charged accordingly. She said the Land Fill has been weighing the trucks for some time and the increase in fees is based on the data gathered to date. Exact costs won’t be known until the program goes into effect.

Under terms of the franchise Lemhi Sanitation pays the city 2.5 percent of the fees currently collected. City Attorney Fred Snook determined that the monthly increases amount to monies collected by the company and therefore represent a ‘sale,’ so the increase will be added to the 2.5 percent collected by the city. He said if the collection rate increase does not cover costs caused by the new tipping fee the company can return to the council for further discussion.

The Lemhi Sanitation fee increase was unanimously approved by the City Council.


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