FARMINGTON —Trash might get a little more expensive in Farmington.

The Farmington City Council will vote today on whether to approve a fee increase for trash pickup through the city’s business and residential service contractor, Waste Management.

“We have a contract with them that authorizes them to increase prices by CPI and fuel costs,” said Councilman Dan Darnell.

The Consumer Price Index is an economic statistical figure often used to measure inflation.

The basic residential rate will increase from $15.29 to $15.39, according to a memo sent from Jeff Smaka, public works director, to City Manager Rob Mayes on May 1.

The basic commercial rate will increase from $17.27 to $17.44.

The waste pickup rates include costs for recycling pickup.

The proposed ordinance does not include a fee increase for fuel cost, Darnell said.

“It’s when we award these contracts, there’s a clause that says if costs go up, we have to pass it on,” he said. “It’s pretty standard. It’s just the cost of doing business.”

Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts said the increase is modest but that actual fees for individuals could vary.

“It depends on the service being provided and on how many bins a person has,” he said. 

Greg Yee covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and gyee@daily-times.com. Follow him @GYeeDT on Twitter.