Trash bills to jump: Greenwood OKs rate hike to fund leaf, limb pickup

Another Greenwood utility bill is poised to jump after a series of recent rate increases.

The Greenwood City Council voted unanimously this week for preliminary approval to raise trash utility bills by $1.25 per month next year and by another $1.25 per month in 2014.

Controller Adam Stone said the city wanted to raise rates so it could continue to bring in enough to pay for trash collection, leaf and limb pickup and free mulch for anyone who wants it. More money is needed to maintain the current level of services, he said.

Greenwood would otherwise have to look at cutting or scaling back the leaf and limb services, Stone said. A recent study by the controller’s office found the city won’t bring in enough to pay expenses over the next three years without a rate increase.

Council members said leaf and limb pickup is one of the most popular services the city offers. Even people who use their leaves for mulch instead of raking them to the curb get their Christmas tree picked up for free, city attorney Krista Taggart said.

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