Garbage fees could increase due to lack of space in Columbus city landfill

Garbage fees could increase due to lack of space in Columbus city landfill

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - People in Columbus could see an extra charge on their garbage pickup fees for the second time in two years.

It's partly because the city landfill is out of room according to the Director for Columbus' Consolidated Government.

The change was presented Tuesday night by Mayor Teresa Tomlinson in her proposed city budget for the 2019 fiscal year.

Mayor Tomlinson is presenting a $1 increase in garbage fees from $17 to $18. She says that money will help pay for the landfill's construction which she says is at its maximum capacity as well as bring six new garbage trucks to Columbus.

"It's still drastically below what the actual cost of our garbage pickup is including recycling and household waste and yard waste pickup," says Mayor Tomlinson.

The director of Public Works for the Columbus Consolidated Governments says this potential increase is a start to resolving major concerns.

"This will allow us to continue to make improvements and it will deal with two of our most troublesome problems," explained Director Patricia Biegler.

She says construction could cost about eight hundred thousand dollars. The Columbus City Council will be going through a number of budget hearings before a decision is made. It doesn't become final until a vote on the budget is made on June 12.

"It's going to make a huge difference in the long run. We're not wasting their money. We're trying to be efficient and effective as we can possibly be," says Biegler.

If the garbage pickup fee is applied, it will start at the beginning of July.

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