Lee County leaders delay vote on waste fees

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TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors decided Thursday to delay a vote to increase monthly residential garbage pickup fees from $9 to $12.50.

The fee change for more than 14,000 customers will appear on the Dec. 2 board agenda.

Supervisors also plan to increase the commercial rate by 10 percent.

Lee County Solid Waste director Terry McGlaun has said the increase will help keep pace with expenses, such as fuel and wear and tear on vehicles. It would be the first increase since 2005.

The solid waste department has a 2014 fiscal year budget of $2.4 million. The county has subsidized garbage pickup in the range of $62,000 to $350,000 annually from Fiscal Year 2003 to 2013.