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Pasco businesses may face higher trash collection costs

Commercial trash rates may increase by about 10 percent because of rising fuel costs.

The County Commission on Tuesday will review a proposal to raise the existing maximum rates, which range from $20 for a weekly pickup of one cubic yard each time to $379 for six pick-ups a week of eight cubic yards each time.

The sliding scale is proposed to go up to $22 at the low end and $413 at the high end.

At a meeting on May 7, the seven commercial trash bin haulers operating in Pasco asked county staffers, who control garbage collection prices, for relief from the rocketing cost of diesel.

"Diesel fuel is well over $4 right now and has been well over regular fuel prices for a while," said Bob Sigmond, the county's utilities fiscal and business services director. "Just like everyone else, they need relief."

The seven haulers are: Accurate Waste Systems, Camport Waste Systems, Central Carting Disposal, Seaside Sanitation, Waste Express, Waste Management and Waste Services.

Businesses are the bulk of trash bin hauling customers, Sigmond said. The county traditionally controls prices on solid waste collection to prevent the small number of service providers from price collusion.

The county staff proposed the new rates take effect on July 1, but are asking the commission to authorize a workshop on June 10 to get comments from the public on the change.

They will also ask commissioners to approve an overall rate review next year for all solid waste collection services. The last comprehensive study was done in 2002.

Among other items Tuesday:

• The Pasco Economic Development Council is asking the county staff to approve $56,931 in incentive funds paid over five years to help Turbine Diagnostics, which services power generation equipment, to build a 30,000-square-foot plant in Odessa. The expansion would add seven employees with average wages of more than $80,000. The commission would decide whether to take the money out of general revenue or a $2-million county fund set aside last year for corporate recruitment.

• County staffers are proposing to close Drexel Road in Land O'Lakes for two weeks beginning June 2. The closure allows CSX Corp. to repair its rail line where it crosses Drexel Road. Drivers will be directed by message signs to take U.S. 41 to School Road and Lake Thomas Road before reconnecting with the northern section of Drexel Road.

Chuin-Wei Yap can be reached at cyap@sptimes.com or (813)909-4613.

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