- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - Beginning July 1, Port Allen residents will see a gradual increase in their garbage pickup fees over the next two years.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1n7j3C9 ) the city council voted 4-0 Wednesday to institute the hike, which should total just under $4 per customer per month.

The city currently charges customers $17 per month for garbage service, City Chief Administrative Officer Adrian Genre said. Meanwhile, it is being charged $20.71 per customer per month by its solid waste contractor, SWDI.

“We’ve been subsidizing that number for the last two to three years,” Genre said. “We just can’t continue to eat that.”

The fees will increase until the revenue the city collects equals the amount charged by SWDI, Chief Financial Officer and City Clerk Audrey McCain said.

While the contract allows for increases due to rising fuel costs, McCain said the new language is broad enough to cover the total contract cost if it changes.

Also on Wednesday, the council adopted its operating budgets for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Overall, the budget estimates expenditures at $9.6 and revenues at $8.3 million, combined with a beginning balance of $11.1 million.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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