BROOKSVILLE — Republic Services, the county's residential garbage hauler, is seeking a rate increase for the next fiscal year, both for residents in the mandatory collection zone in Spring Hill and those outside that area.
The Hernando County Commission has set a public hearing on the rate increase for July 30 at 9 a.m. in the commission chambers of the Hernando County Government Center in Brooksville.
The rate for the universal or mandatory zone is $172.80 and would increase to $176.40, including administrative fees, under the proposal. That annual amount is included on the property tax bill.
For those who live outside the mandatory zone, subscribe to the garbage service and are billed directly, the fee would go from $13.49 per month to $13.78 per month.
Republic Services collects garbage, recycling and yard waste for Hernando County. The rate increase is allowed in the company's county contract and is based on changes in the Consumer Price Index and Oil Price Information Services.
Customers impacted by the fee increase can appear at the public hearing or can write objections to the County Commission at Administration@HernandoCounty.us.
The garbage fee increase is separate from the proposed increase in solid waste assessment fees, which is set for a public hearing at Tuesday's commission meeting.
Those annual fees are proposed to rise from $63.05 to $69.40. The rate has not changed for more than 15 years. The solid waste assessment is included on the property tax bill for all residential property owners.
The assessment pays for the county to run the landfill, and the increase has been proposed to pay for the opening of a new landfill cell and to create a fund to pay for emergency storm debris removal.
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