By CLARK MASON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
It’s going to cost a little more in Healdsburg to have your trash hauled away.
The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a garbage rate increase of approximately 3 percent for residential customers.
The rate increase, which takes effect immediately, is driven by an increase in the cost of diesel fuel, labor, vehicle maintenance and replacement.
“The biggest driver is the diesel,” Public Works Director Mike Kirn said.
The monthly bill for a typical 60-gallon container will rise from the current $17.65 to $18.16.
A 20-gallon container goes from $8.49 to $8.69; a 35-gallon container from $11.81 to $12.13; and a 90-gallon container from $24.33 to $25.01.
Earlier this year, the City Council approved a new 10-year contract with the city’s garbage hauler that provides for rate increases based on the company’s actual costs, rather than on the Consumer Price Index, as in the past.
The company is owned by the Ratto Group, which controls the franchises for the unincorporated parts of Sonoma County and all of its nine cities, except Sonoma.