By Geena Martinez
PECOS - Businesses in Pecos could see a big increase when it comes to the cost of getting their trash picked up. Residents can expect an increase too.
The trash rates in Pecos haven't been raised since 1987 but the population has changed since then.
"Our landfill is getting filled up very quickly," Pecos Mayor, Venetta Seals, said. "A lot faster than what had been predicted for us. Before, we thought we were gonna have like 36-year-life and that has been drastically reduced down."
It's been cut so much that the city is having to send some of their trash to Odessa so they don't push their limits.
"That's costing us money to take it to their landfill plus the cost of fuel and a driver to take at least one load almost everyday," Seals said.
In order to break even on finances and to plan for the future, Seals said trash rates have to go up.
On Thursday evening, City Council members talked about rate increases recommended by a company that did a trash study in the city.
For residents, the proposed increase isn't much. It would go up from $15 to around $19 but the proposed increase for businesses is more than triple what they are now. Currently, businesses pays $35 a month for trash but that fee could go up to $121.
"We've just got a lot of businesses coming in and from the study that they did, it was deemed that's where most of the impact was coming from," Seals said.
Even though businesses are producing more trash, the city said they're having to order more dumpsters. With the boom, multiple people are living in houses and that means more trash.
"You need to start the process several years out to get a new landfill or to get new pits to put in your landfill," Seals said.
Seals said the hike in prices will actually save taxpayers money in the long run.
"Garbage pick-up, whether it's housing, whatever it is, we're all going through these growing pains," she said. "Hopefully the community will understand why these increases are coming about."