After the completion of rate study, City of Tallahassee solid waste rates for residential and commercial users are set to increase.
The rate changes recommended in the study will result in an increase to the standard monthly residential garbage charge of $1.54 per month, from $18.37 to $19.91. Typical commercial customers who require eight cubic-yard dumpster service once each week will see an increase from $130.35 to $156.00 per month.
The City of Tallahassee provided information that shows, even with the increase, the new rates are competitive when compared to other local government jurisdictions.
The rate study projected a solid waste fund deficit of $2.5 million in FY 2020. The study determined there were three primary drives of the deficit.
First, a $700,000 increase in the the contract for collection expenses for city vendor Waste Pro. Waste Pro was selected as the vendor after a competitive bidding process was completed in April 2019.
Second, Leon County has notified the City that there will be a 9% increase (approximately $600,000) for the transportation and disposal of residential and commercial waste delivered to the Leon County transfer station.
And third, the rate study noted that in recent years the prices paid for recyclable materials have declined due to changes in the global market. Going forward, the City will no longer receive net revenues from these sales but will incur additional expenses to process recyclable materials. These factors will result in a net increase of approximately $604,000 annually in expenses.
Despite these increases, the City of Tallahassee provided solid waste rate comparisons to elected officials which indicated that the new commercial rates were still some of the lowest in Florida and residential rates were in the middle of the pack.
See comparisons below.