Businesses could see an increase in trash rates in April

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FARMINGTON — Aztec residents and business owners are likely to see their trash bills increase this year.

The city of Aztec entered into a new contract for trash collection this week that keeps the same provider but at higher rates. While there is a new contract, there will not be a change in rates until April, when businesses could see a 6 to 8 percent increase in bills, according to City Manager Joshua Ray.

"(Businesses) haven't seen an increase (in trash rates) for a number of years," Ray said when reached by phone today.

Ray said Aztec residents will not see a rate change until after the city's rate study is completed in April. The increased rates will go into effect in July.

Ray said there likely will be an increase in trash fees for residents, as well as for wastewater rates.

"We could have a situation where certainly our commercial customers could see an increase now and an increase again?" Mayor Sally Burbridge asked during a City Commission meeting Tuesday night.

Ray confirmed that commercial customers potentially could see an increase in April and an increase in July.

While the city is in a new contract for trash collection, Ray said that will not affect the schedule for when trash will be picked up.

One change that could be seen may be an option for curb-side recycling. The city has not made a decision on that issue, but if recycling is added, it will lead to a rate increase. The City Commission also will decide whether to make recycling a requirement for trash collection. That means all residents will receive an additional receptacle for recycling and will be billed for the service.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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