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Lawrence garbage hike questioned

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — The Lawrence County Commission raised garbage rates last month to help cover increasing fuel charges, but one commissioner said the rate hike may have been too much.

The county raised garbage rates by $7.23 for residents and $14.73 for businesses after approving a contract with Waste Management that requires the county to pay a flexible fuel surcharge each month.

The county's fee will change each month based on the
current gas prices, but the commission chose a flat rate for residents in order to ease confusion.

District 4 Commissioner Harold LouAllen said residents have complained that the monthly increase was too drastic and may be more than is necessary to cover additional fuel fees.

"If we start building a surplus, we should renegotiate the contracts," he said.

". . . If we can lower the rates, I'd like to see it happen."

County Administrator Linda Harville said it is too soon to determine if residents overpaid the county this month because the new charges were added to May utility bills that are not yet due.

Commissioners agreed to monitor the rates for six months and lower them if they are found to be excessive.

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