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December 4, 2018

New Solid Waste rates proposed: Public Hearing set for Jan. 15

Rates for Skagit County Solid Waste services could rise in 2019. That’s the recommendation from a rate study presented Monday, Dec. 3, to the Board of Commissioners.

A  public hearing to gather feedback from county residents is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in the Commissioners Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon.

Under the new proposed rate structure, per-ton rates would rise incrementally each year beginning in June of 2019 and ending in 2023. Residents who self-haul to the County’s transfer stations would see an increase to their minimum charges, and residential customers with curbside garbage service would likely see a rate increase from their garbage provider. Solid Waste rates last changed in January 2010.

“A lot has changed since 2010 – our disposal and labor costs have gone up, our grant funding is uncertain, and we’re seeing an increased amount of maintenance to our transfer station equipment,” said Solid Waste Division Manager Margo Gillaspy. “We want to continue providing quality service to our residents – and to do that, we need to make sure our system is fiscally sustainable.”

In 2019, rates would be $97 per ton, up $10 from the current rate. The 2020 rate would rise by $2, to $99, and would then rise by an additional $2 each year until 2023, topping out at $105 per ton. The proposed minimum charge for waste disposal would rise to $14 in 2019, up $4 from the current charge. The 2020 rate would rise by $2, to $16, and would then rise by an additional $2 each year until 2022, topping out at $20.

Public Works assesses the Solid Waste rate structure periodically to ensure that the system remains fiscally responsible. The rates were forecasted out to 2023 which is the final year of the County’s current disposal contract with Republic Services. These recommended rate increases were approved by the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and Solid Waste System Governance Board prior to being presented to the Board of Commissioners.

Find more information about the Solid Waste division and review the rate study online at skagitcounty.net/publicworkssolidwaste. For questions or more details, please contact Margo Gillaspy at margog@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1400.