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A new fee considered for your waste

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Olmsted County Board does not plan to increase garbage fees for now.

A meeting is expected to take place in two weeks to discuss alternate options with local waste haulers.

The board was told sales of the steam produced by the incinerator have slowed. In addition, the amount of waste being delivered to the site has fallen due to the slow economy and an increase in recycling.

The new fee would be assessed to residential property.

Another option being considered is a lower tipping fee.

Property taxes are not used to cover costs because the program is operated as an enterprise fund.

The county is looking at a $3.5 to $5 million dollar shortfall in the next five years.

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