Garbage Rate Hike

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email
People living in one Eastern Kentucky city will soon have to pay more for their garbage pick up.

Beginning Monday, September 10th, Madison residents need to use garbage carts like the one pictured above.

People living in one Eastern Kentucky city will soon have to pay more for their garbage pick up.

Officials with the City of Benham approved a rate hike during a special meeting.

Mayor Dodd says in order to keep up with costs, city officials had no choice but to approve the increase.

People living in Benham will soon have to pay $3.50 more for garbage pickup, jumping to $20 a month.

“We go to the dump normally twice a week, which ends up, sometimes will cost us close to $500 for two trips,” says Mayor John Dodd.

He says that does not include the cost of fuel surcharges. He says with the current economy, costs can add up quickly for a small town.

“The work force has been reduced tremendously, and you do what you have to do in these times,” he says.

“Most of the residents here in Benham live on a fixed income and that's a large chunk of your income,” says Joyce Howard, who lives in Benham.

While some people are not fully supportive of the hike, others say they understand the reasoning behind it.

“Well it's like anything else, you don't want to see it increase, you don't like increases, but when it's a necessity, I mean I'd go along with it,” says resident Doug Trammell.

“I don't want to pay it either, but I'd really rather not have my garbage building up because they can't afford to pay their bills,” says Nora Cress.

“You don't want to try and put a big burden on them. We just try to, we just try to keep it afloat and keep it going,” says Mayor Dodd.

The rate increase takes affect immediately. Customers should expect to see it on next month's bill.

Mayor Dodd says servicemen are currently counting the number of bags they pick up at each household and says city officials are considering a fee for excess bags. Officials also approved a monthly $5 water assessment ordinance fee in last night's meeting.


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