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For Immediate Release:

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

 

Goodyear Sanitation Rates Increasing in July

 

 

(GOODYEAR, AZ) - Goodyear residents will find their July sanitation bills slightly higher because the monthly rate is going up 2.5 percent to $22.03 per month. The monthly cost for an additional refuse container has also increased to $6.09 from the current rate of $5.97.

 

When the new sanitation program was adopted on 6/26/06, it allowed the monthly rates to be adjusted annually for inflation effective July 1st each year based on the previous May-April last 12 months Consumer Price Index.

 

Because Sanitation collects a fee for its services it is considered an "enterprise fund" and is supposed to be financially self-supportive. Because Goodyear had not applied a price increase for seven years prior to the implementation of the new sanitation program last fall, the monthly fees had not been covering the cost of the service. As a result, the City's General Fund (which is meant to cover non-fee based services, such as police, fire and park maintenance) had been subsidizing the sanitation operation for several years until the current $21.50 fee was put in place.

 

The rate increase will address the rapidly rising costs of fuel, prices, and the steel and plastic used in the manufacturing of equipment and containers. These costs and other inflators associated with the Consumer Price Index must be covered each year by the fees.

 

More information is available by calling Public Works Deputy Director Brian Barnes at 623-882-7501.

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