TUPELO – Effective Monday, monthly residential fees increased to $12.50 for solid waste pickup in Lee County.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to increase the residential garbage fee by $3.50, a move opposed by supervisor Phil Morgan of District 1, who said the 39 percent increase was too much.
This is the first county solid waste rate increase in eight years.
Supervisors delayed the vote at the Nov. 14 meeting to allow absent supervisor Billy Joe Holland of District 5 a chance to vote.
The rate increase will impact more than 14,000 customers. Supervisors also increased the commercial solid waste collection rate by 10 percent and the landfill transfer station rate to $36 per ton.
Lee County Solid Waste director Terry McGlaun has said the increase will help revenues for the service keep pace with increasing expenses, such as fuel and wear and tear on vehicles.
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.