Posted 5 months ago
By Kevin Horn
Thursday night, the Alliance City Council was informed by Phil Euler of the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, that a rate study reveals that Alliance is doing well with garbage collection revenue, but not so well with what it costs to dump the garbage at the landfill.
City Manager J.D. Cox says the “tipping expenses” at the landfill have run in the red between one percent and 11 percent over the past two years.
Cox says the loses are due, in part, because complying with EPA regulations often runs into the millions of dollars.
The recommended increase to offset the city loses for landfill disposal is 5.9 percent, and Cox says staff now must crunch the numbers to determine what rate will be applied to city utility bills.
The Alliance City Council will act on the proposed increase later this year.
Cox says the new rates could be set in place by October 1, which is the beginning date for the city’s next fiscal year.