City expects to raise fees

The Walla Walla City Council will review a number of proposed rate hikes for enterprise funds at Wednesday's meeting.

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WALLA WALLA — Fees for landfill, cemetery and adult and youth sport programs are expected to increase next year.

On Wednesday, City Council will review a number of proposed rate hikes for several of the city’s enterprise funds, which are funds that take in revenues to pay for maintenance and operating costs.

LANDFILL AND SANITATION

One of the largest proposed increases will be to Sudbury Landfill tipping fees.

The current charge to dump one ton of refuse at the landfill is $61.30, but that rate has traditionally included a built-in 3.6 percent Refuse Collection Tax.

The 2013 proposed one-ton rate would be $64.80. However, this fee would no longer include the refuse tax, which would be added separately to the bill.

The total proposed tipping fee, including the Refuse Collection Tax, would cost approximately $67.10 per ton and represents a 9.5 percent increase.

Public Works officials proposed an additional 9.5 percent increase for 2014.

Rising operational costs and a financial goal to set aside roughly $375,000 to pay for future landfill closures were the two main reasons cited for the increases.

If approved, the landfill rate increase is not expected to effect curbside sanitation service fees to residential customers.

Curbside sanitation service, however, is still expected to increase due to scheduled IRRP rate increases and higher rates for recycling.

SPORTS PROGRAMS

In an attempt to raise an additional $7,000 in revenue, Parks and Recreation officials have proposed increases to 14 programs ranging from 2.2 percent to 31.4 percent.

The department is also looking at completely eliminating eight programs.

Youth tennis would see the largest fee increase from $35 to $46 or 31.4 percent, followed by a 16.6 percent increase for swimming lessons and a 12.5 percent increase for spring soccer academy.

On the opposite end, adult golf, youth golf and the summer swim team programs would see the smallest increase of less than 3 percent or $1 to $2 per participant.

The team fees for adult men’s and co-ed softball would increase from $385 to $418.

Programs expected to be eliminated in 2013 include adult volleyball, youth volleyball and adult flag football.

CEMETERY

Fees at Mountain View Cemetery are expected to increase an average of 5 percent in 2013 and an additional 3 percent in 2014.

As in years past, staff is recommending to eliminate any increases for internments of veterans, infants and children.

City Council will discuss and take public testimony on the enterprise fund budgets, as well as the general fund budget, at its regular Wednesday meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave.

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