The city of Locust Grove is considering its first sanitation rate increase in fourteen years. The city last revised its rate structure in 2008.
The need to consider adjusting rates came about following notice from the city’s service provider, Advanced Disposal, of a contract price increase. The proposed rate increase is less than the city’s additional costs. The city’s contract increased by 24%.
Sanitation Rate Increase
City staff is recommending the council approve a residential rate increase from $13.00 per month to $15.50. This represents a 19.25% rate increase. The change would take effect starting October 1. Additional cans would be $11 dollars each.
Commercial pickup service would be $20 per month, and $7.50 per month for each additional container. Wood chipping would incur a new fee of no charge for the first twenty minutes. Each twenty minutes thereafter would be $15.
The ordinance also includes an automatic $0.50 monthly rate increase on each January 1 and July 1 through summer 2024. This would top out at $18 monthly. The automatic adjustments would phase-in a higher rate over time to better reflect the total cost being incurred by the city.
The city council will consider approving the new rate structure at its October 3 meeting.
Comparison to Other Cities
If Locust Grove approves the proposed rate increase, then the sanitation rates would be closer to the other cities. By comparison, McDonough charges $17.59 per month for residential pickup. Hampton presently charges $14 per month.
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