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Valley News Dispatch

Garbage, boat slip fees going up in Freeport

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 1:39 p.m.

Taxes won’t be increasing in 2019 for Freeport residents but some fees will be going up.

Fees for garbage collection are going up 24 percent while boat slip rentals will be increasing by 25 percent.

Real estate taxes in the borough will stay at 13 mills in the new year as part of the $613,000 budget that council approved this week.

While council approved the budget, the ordinances setting the tax levy and garbage rates still must be approved. Borough officials have to allow at least 10 days’ notice to advertise them.

Council expects to approve both at a special meeting Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

The garbage collection fee hike for the 850 households in the borough will mean paying an additional $4 per month, with the rate going from $17 to $21.

Council Vice President Sean McCalmont said the rate includes $1.09 for collection of household hazardous and electronic waste. That was an option offered by Waste Management, which was the contract’s low bidder.

McCalmont said the dollar amount paid by businesses will vary according to the weight of the garbage collected.

But regardless, everyone will be paying 24 percent more.

Borough Treasurer Rich Hill left no doubt about the need for the garbage increase.

“You are going to have to raise the residentials and commercials by 24 percent,” Hill said. “That’s the money we have to bring in to cover the garbage contract.”

Waste Management came in with a three-year contract proposal of $581,000, besting the bid from Vogel Sanitation of $616,000.

McCalmont said rentals for boat slips were at $200 and, next year, will increase to $250.

Tom Yerace is a freelance writer.

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