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County approves sanitation rate increase

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This is the first increase in 17 years

By Stephen Lega

 

The Marion County Fiscal Court voted 5-0 to increase its sanitation fees during its Dec. 6 meeting. The new rates will take effect Jan. 1.

The current sanitation rates for residential customers are $12 per month or $9 per month for senior citizens. After Jan. 1, those rates will increase to $14 per month for residents and $10 per month for senior citizens.

This is the first time the county has raised its sanitation rates since 1995.

Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly explained that the county’s goal with sanitation is to break even. In June, the Nelson County Landfill increased the rates it charges to accept Marion County’s waste.

He added that the fiscal court’s agreement with Nelson County is good for five years, which also means the county’s rate increase should remain constant during that time.

Based on the Nelson County landfill’s new rate and the amount of waste transported to the landfill from Marion county in 2011, Marion County’s waste disposal costs would increase from nearly $322,000 annually to around $390,000 per year, according to Keith Brock, the county’s solid waste coordinator.

The county set its new rates for county residents based on its increased costs. Judge Mattingly said the increased revenue should cover the county’s operating costs, including replacing equipment.

He added that residents who make yearly payments would still receive a one-month discount, but they will be charged at the new rate.

 

In other business:

- The court received proposed 2013 budgets from the Marion County Water District, the Marion County Clerk’s Office and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. No action was taken on those budgets during last week’s meeting.

- The fiscal court approved the appointment of members of the Marion County Extension Board. Martha Potter and Marie Wright were appointed for second terms, and Charlie Montgomery and David Sandusky were appointed for their first term.

Extension board members serve three-year terms.

- The magistrates approved an agreement with Windstream for the hardware installation for Enhanced 911 equipment. The estimated cost to install the equipment is $1,448.88. This equipment can be installed after the county completes its mapping requirements for E-911.

The county also received notice that it has been approved for a $120,000 grant from the Commercial Mobile Radio Services Emergency Telecommunications Board to be used toward the implementation of E-911.

- The county approved its annual payment agreement with Code Red (formerly One Call Now) for reverse 911 services.

The agreement calls for an annual payment of $3,906.76 from the county and $1,953.08 from the city.

- The county has received refunds totaling $2,188.54 from CoLT, which is the County Leasing Trust. This is a service through the Kentucky Association of Counties. The refunds were for a rescue squad vehicle, an ambulance and a dump truck.