By CLARK MASON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Garbage rates are going up in Healdsburg.
The City Council on Monday approved an increase of about 3 percent to residential rates, primarily to compensate for increased fuel costs and dump fees.
The rate increase came at the request of Redwood Empire Disposal, which was last granted a rate hike two years ago, around the time its exclusive franchise agreement with Healdsburg was extended by 10 years.
Redwood Empire Disposal is part of the Ratto Group, which, through various subsidiaries, has the garbage hauling contracts for eight of Sonoma County’s nine cities and the unincorporated areas.
The new schedule will increase the 20-gallon can rate from $8.69 to $8.91; 35-gallon from $12.13 to $12.49; 60-gallon from $18.16 to $18.72; and 90-gallon from $25.01 to $25.77.