Kremmling budget includes higher trash fees
October 20, 2009
Kremmling residents may be paying about 18 percent higher trash fees by June of next year.
That is one of the changes projected in the draft 2010 Kremmling town budget, which will be the subject of a public hearing tonight, Wednesday, Oct., 21, during the town board meeting that begins at 7 p.m.
Town Manager Ted Soltis told trustees earlier this month that the proposed budget calls for an 8.8 percent increase in town trash fees beginning in January just “to balance the budget” in the trash fund, which the town has been subsidizing.
The budget contemplates another 8.8 percent increase in June. That increase, Soltis said, is in anticipation of Grand County closing the Kremmling Landfill and the higher fees the town will have to pay for trash to be transported to the future trash-transfer station in Granby.
Because of declining sales-tax revenues and the sluggish economy, Soltis noted the proposed budget is tight all the away around. It proposes increasing salaries for town staff by 0.79 percent, which is strictly a cost of living increase, he noted.
It is “pretty much the same budget as (this) year with slight increases,” he said.
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The budget hearing will take place tonight, but it will not be officially adopted until the next board meeting on Nov. 2.
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