New Special Pick-up rates will generate more than $115,000 dollars next fiscal year. Gulfport City Councilors unanimously approved recommended increases as part of efforts to offset costs and balance the city's operating budget during the regular council meeting Tuesday night.
Currently, the program costs $233,318.63 annually to operate but only recoups $58,160.35, according to the city. The following fee increases are expected to generate $116,320 beginning October 1. Current fees range from $11.25 to $17.
During Tuesday night's meeting Gulfport resident Patricia Milward pointed out that the new increases still do not cover the city's costs for the program. Public Works Director Don Sopak explained that the increases will help offset the cost and that the proposed changes were appropriate; any higher and it could result in illegal dumping.
Fees to Increase:
- Single item (furniture, mattress, and other like items) - $17
- "White goods" (refrigerators and other appliances) - $34
- Vehicle tire - $17
- Car battery - $8.50
- Propane tanks (20 lbs or less and empty) - $17
- T.V. and computer components - $25
- Pick up truck size load - $34
The increased fees are one of many changes councilors are approving to balance the operating budget which begins on Oct. 1. The second reading and final public hearing for the budget is tonight at 7 p.m. at Gulfport City Hall. To view the agenda check out the city's website. You can also watch the hearing on Brighthouse Cable Channel 615 or online on the city's website.