Beginning in October, Mansfield residents are likely to see their trash collection fees go up by a modest amount.
The town’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee has recommended increasing residential collection fees because the town is losing money – about $373 a year.
Local fees have not kept pace with increases in what the town pays to the trash collection contractor.
Mansfield’s 58 residential customers pay $11.50 a month. The town pays the contractor $11.94 per customer a month. If the fee increases are approved, these customers would pay $12 a month.
An additional eight customers have opted to pay a little more – $15 a month – for collection service at the end of a long driveway (longer than 300 feet); the town pays $15.70 a month for each of these customers.
With a fee increase, these customers would pay $15.75 a month.
Fee increases would take effect Oct. 1, 2009, in time for the next billing cycle.
The subject is expected to be addressed at a future Town Council meeting.
Posted July 19, 2009
Staff Writer Caitlin M. Dineen contributed to this story.