Rockland plans to hold dump sticker fees at same rates

By Stephen Betts | May 15, 2017

Rockland — Rockland plans to keep the cost of dump fees at the same level for the upcoming year.

At the City Council's May 3 budget review session, Public Services Director David St. Laurent told councilors that efficiencies in the public services department have allowed him to keep the rates at the same level as  2016-2017.

The public works and waste management departments merged during the 2015-2016 budget year.

The annual dump sticker is $125. Commercial haulers pay $130 per ton to dispose of trash.

The costs for people who choose to pay per bag is also proposed to remain the same -- $2.25 for 33-gallon bags, $1.50 for 22-gallon bags, and 75 cents for 12-gallon bags.

The City Council has been meeting on Wednesday evenings to review the proposed municipal budget for 2017-2018. The council will have the final say on fees.

The public services budget is proposed at $3,140,169, an increase of 2 percent from the approved 2016-2017 budget.

Personnel costs account for the largest single expense in the department, at $606,870, up 5 percent. Health insurance increases account for much of that rise.

The cost for trash disposal this year is budgeted at $423,940, up about 1.5 percent. Rockland's contract with Penobscot Energy Recovery Corporation for its incinerator in Orrington runs through March 31. The city contract with ecomaine begins at that point.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | May 15, 2017 19:55

There was no cost of living increase in Social Security benefits, if anyone's interested.

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | May 15, 2017 09:55

Something's amiss if household's pay $125/annually and commercial haulers only pay $130/ton. The commercial hauler's should pay a lot more for disposal. Rockland desperately needs revenue that doesn't continue gouging private householders' property taxes.

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