Midland Trash Rates Raised

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The tax rate isn't the only thing going up in Midland. On Monday, Midland city council members also approved a trash rate increase that takes effect in October, but one local business NewsWest 9 talked to says it's a necessary evil.

More customers at Wall Street Bar and Grill means more money and more trash, but a trash rate increase isn't putting manager Jamey Johnson in the dumps.

"We have to increase our prices seldom," Johnson said. "The cost of living is for everyone. It's not just me. If it's a small rate and it's good for the community, I don't see a problem with it."

Rates vary, but businesses that have one container picked up twice a week will pay an additional $54 a year, and they're not the only ones affected.

Come October 1st, Midland residents will pay $2.00 more a month to get rid of trash bags. That's when the residential rate will increase to $15.50.

Midland Utilities Director Stuart Purvis says the increase is needed to keep the service out of the red.

"It may be as high as a million dollars a year we'll make," Purvis said. "But what we're trying to do is recover from the last cell we opened at the landfill two years ago. It cost us $3.5 million. That was about a million and a half more than what the normal cells usually cost. So, we went in the hole and that fund is actually negative right now and we're in the red. So, we're trying to get it back in the positive again."

"A few dollars here or there a week at the most to keep the streets clean, to make sure the trash is going and keep things the way they need to be," Johnson said. "I don't see a problem with that. I think it's a good increase."

Most businesses have yet to hear the news, so whether they agree is left to be seen.