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Hermiston approves garbage rate increase

The following is a news release from the city of Hermiston:

HERMISTON – The Hermiston City Council voted to approve a request from Sanitary Disposal Inc. to increase garbage service rates for Hermiston residents. The council approved the increase on a 7-0 vote at Monday’s regular meeting.

Residents with garbage service will see a $1.55 increase on their monthly utilities bill beginning in February, bringing the total to $18.80 for a 90-gallon bin.

The Umatilla County and Morrow County commissioners approved a similar increase of $1.70 this past fall for customers who live outside Hermiston city limits and in Boardman and Irrigon.  The Hermiston City Council last agreed to a garbage rate increase request in May 2016.

“I appreciate the great service and hard work by Sanitary Disposal to keep rates the lowest in the area for Hermiston residents,” said Hermiston Mayor Dave Drotzmann after the vote.

Due to inflationary adjustments built into the city’s utility rate structure, water and sewer rates will also increase by 1.8 percent in March. The automatic water and sewer increase is tied to the Engineering News Record’s December 2019 Construction Cost Index to take into account inflation in the price of materials and labor.

The Public Infrastructure Committee did an extensive review of the rates at its September and November meetings to ensure that the automatic adjustment was within reason.The small annual increase is designed to avoid large increases in the future while continuing to fund long-term infrastructure projects.

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