Garbage bill rises

Armstrong residents can expect their garbage collection bill to increase slightly.

Armstrong residents can expect their garbage collection bill to increase slightly.

The city unanimously agreed to a one-year renewal of its current contract with SuperSave Disposal, running from May 1 to April 30, 2016.

There are two components to the city’s monthly per-unit contract fees. One is for the contractor’s direct operations, and the other for regional district landfill fees, which the contractor pays.

“The landfill fee is automatically adjusted whenever the regional district amends their fees,” said city chief financial officer Terry Martens in a report to council, pointing out the most recent amendment, a 2.2 per cent increase, happened on Jan. 2.

Currently, the monthly per-unit fee for the landfill component is $3.28. For the renewal term, the contractor has proposed a two per cent increase for its operating component.

“This would increase the monthly per-unit fee from $3.22 to $3.28,” said Martens.

Combined, the monthly per-unit rate for both cost components would be $6.56, beginning May 1.

Annual user fees are billed to property owners on their tax notice, which covers the 12-month period from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

The annual user fee per house would increase from $76.85 in 2014 to about $78.17 this year, which amounts to a 1.7 per cent increase.

“This is due to the fact that the contractor’s increase takes effect part-way through the year,” said Martens.