Thursday, June 26, 2008

Crestwood Residents to Pay $19.55 for Trash While Rest of County Pays $12

Crestwood's trash hauling contract with Onyx has been extended for two years, through March 2011. This is a 9 percent cost increase over current rates. Residents will get two free large-item pickups per year beginning in April.

The monthly charge of $19.55 was approved by the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night. Residents pay Onyx quarterly. Prior to seeking formal bids for the period beginning next April, the city did an informal examination of rates offered by six haulers. That showed that Onyx offered competitive rates, and residents have been satisfied with the service, city staff said. Onyx said it will not ask for any surcharges for fuel costs during the extension period.

Many eyebrows were raised with this announcement as county residents in the county's trash district program will be paying around $12 per month for the same service. Services for all county districts are expected to be in operation by October 1.

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