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Trash collection fees may rise

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Olmsted County residents will soon likely pay more for garbage pickup.

This news comes after the Olmsted County Board met Tuesday to try to find a way to make up about $3 million in lost revenue.

Commissioners say revenue is down from the incinerator because of the slow economy and an increase in recycling.

To make up for that lost income, the board is working on a plan that would keep tipping fees the same, but increase residential service fees by almost 10 percent and commercial service fees by nearly 20 percent.

Local garbage hauling companies have been vocal throughout the process.

"We need to collect a lot more funds for the county now," said Tory Keefe from Sunshine Sanitation. "We'll be responsible for a lot more of their money that we'll need to collect from the taxpayer which is a burden on us because some accounts go bad of course and we're still responsible for the funds. Other than that it's just explaining to the customer why we're increasing their prices again."

The legislation will go to a public hearing at the December 18 board meeting.

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