June 15, 2024

Elbow Lake intends dumpster rate hike to address budget shortfall

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Jake Sias
Grant County Herald

Elbow Lake city council members are poised to approve a price increase for dumpster services to address a financial discrepancy revealed between the costs of operating dumpsters and residential garbage bins. City Clerk Jeff Holsen first raised this issue in March, underscoring the necessity for an adjustment to prevent a budget shortfall in the city’s solid waste management funds.

Holsen’s analysis provided an “apples-to-apples” comparison, illustrating that under the current pricing structure, the use of a 1.5-cubic-yard dumpster saved users an average of $14.75 weekly over using a residential garbage bin. However, this comparison fails to incorporate the extra costs associated with overfilled dumpsters, a practice which despite those who use the dumpsters are told not to do yet is done regularly.

The proposed price adjustments aim to align dumpster service charges more closely with those of residential bins on a per-cubic-foot basis. This change seeks not only to address the budgetary imbalance, but also to reflect the higher costs incurred by the city due to the heavier and denser waste typically disposed of in dumpsters compared to household waste.

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