WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette residents are one step closer to having to pay nearly twice as much to get their trash hauled away.
The current price of $9 a month hasn't changed in 20 years. The city council voted 5-2 Monday night to increase the fee to $16 a month.
Mayor John Dennis says the fee increase will cover operation, staffing and equipment. He says a lot has changed in the past two decades.
"Since that time, society has changed a great deal. We're more focused on recycling now and the expense of picking up trash and keeping our city clean, has gone much higher obviously," says Mayor Dennis.
He adds the date of when the fee will increase is still unknown. He says the city will have a better idea at next month's meeting for the ordinance's second reading.
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