Beginning with the August water/sanitation bills, residential utility customers will see an $8 per month increase in their sanitation rates, while commercial customers will have an increase of $19 per month.
This rate change will become effective for services received on or after July 17. Services received on or after July 17 will be billed on or about Aug. 25 and are due for payment by Sept. 10 in order to avoid late charges or other penalties.
“These fees are designed to recover the cost to the City providing this service to direct users and thereby avoiding additional cost to taxable properties through the millage rate,” explained Interim City Manager Carter Crawford.
Each residence inside the City of Metter receives three sanitation services per week including once weekly polycart pickup for household garbage and once weekly inert waste pickup for yard debris/junk. The cost of the residential package service rate will change from $17 per month to $25 per month, an $8 increase.
Each business inside the city may receive five sanitation services a week, including polycart pickup for general garbage three times a week and once weekly inert waste pickup for yard debris/junk. Commercial package service rates will change from $23 to $42 per month.
The sanitation increase was approved during budget discussions in 2018. However, the new rate was not put into effect because of software conversion issues and rate discrepancies.
Letters notifying customers of the fee increase were mailed by the city last week.