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Morgan residents' garbage rate set to increase by $1

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

Garbage rates for Morgan County residents will increase from $9.50 to $10.50 per month.

The increase is to begin in August.

Ricky Brooks, garbage director, asked the County Commission to up the rate to $11.75, while requesting pay raises for himself and employees in his department.

During his budget hearing Wednesday, Brooks told the commission that his proposed $2.2 million budget depends on the increase. About half of that amount would pay salaries, his budget shows.

Brooks said the commission hasn't increased rates since 2001. He said Morgan has one of the lowest rates in the state.

The commissioners were against Brooks' initial proposal but agreed to add $1 to the monthly rate. Brooks told the commission that while figuring his 2008 fiscal budget, he included grade changes for some employees, which would give them pay raises.

Also, Brooks said, that when he became the director, the commission did not give him extra pay for handling his litter control duties and the director's job. Currently, Brooks' pay is more than $40,000.

The garbage department, which operates on money it makes, has more than $1.09 million in reserve. Some of the money will pay for an environmental services facility.

The commission did not decide whether to grant Brooks' requested pay increases. It will meet next week to fine tune all budgets.

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