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Bristol, Va. Residents Prepares to Pay More to Support Landfill Repairs

Article-Bristol, Va. Residents Prepares to Pay More to Support Landfill Repairs

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The city of Bristol, Va. is preparing to repair area landfills but rising costs will be passed on to residents as the city prepares for tax increases.

The city of Bristol, Va. is estimating that it will cost more than $60 million to support its efforts to repair local landfills.

“As we suspected, we are going to have a tough year for the budget,” Neal Osborne, Mayor of Bristol, Virginia said in a statement. “Right now, we have a $28.8 million gap due to solid waste. … We’ve got recommendations to raise a couple different tax rates and to raise the trash rate.”

Bristol residents could soon be paying more to help fund the ongoing task. A new proposal for 2024 could see the price of trash collection increase from $33 a month to $72. Other proposed increases include raising the meal tax by 3 percent, the lodging tax by 4 percent, and real estate tax raising to $1.17 per $100 of assessed value, up from the current $1.12.

Speaking with local news, Osborne said, “as someone who lives in Bristol, Virginia also, I don’t want to have to pay the increased rate either. We have, as a city council, as the governing body of the city, we have a fiduciary responsibility that we have to maintain and operate the city of Bristol, Virginia.”

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