Miami-Dade County, Fla., is preparing to increase garbage fees for the first time in 11 years. The 6 percent increase, which will go into effect on October 1, will allow the county to avoid service cuts and boost spending to prevent illegal dumping.
The county is also working to remove 400,000 tons of debris left by Hurricane Irma. And while the rate increase is going into effect in a couple weeks, the county stresses that the aftermath of Hurricane Irma has nothing to do with the rate increase and that the decision to raise the garbage rates was made prior to when the hurricane made landfall.
Miami Herald has more information:
Miami-Dade trash fees are set to increase for the first time in 11 years, with administrators saying the extra $25 per customer will let the county avoid service cuts and boost spending to combat illegal dumping.
The 6 percent increase in the county’s $439 annual trash fee comes in the middle of Miami-Dade’s epic effort to remove 400,000 tons of debris left by Hurricane Irma — more roadside refuse than the county usually clears in an entire year. But the higher fees taking effect on Oct. 1 for 340,000 households aren’t tied to Irma; the increase was proposed months ago to close budget holes in the county’s $530 million yearly trash operation and boost spending on clean-up squads targeting trash dumped illegally along roads and other public areas.