Citizens of Storm Lake may see an increase in their landfill rates after the city council passed the first reading of an ordinance last week.
The Buena Vista County Landfill Commission has notified the city it is increasing landfill assessments from $24 to $27 per capita for Storm Lake.
The city is getting hit twice, though, because the $3 increase will be applied to the latest Census figures, which have shown an increase in Storm Lake's population.
Now the total annual assessment will be $272,052, an increase of $61,596.
Customers will see an increase of $1.25 per month for the landfill, from $4.75 to $6.
The Storm Lake City Council passed the first of three readings of an ordinance approving the landfill rate changes.
Also, the city is working on increasing water rates to help finance an $8.3 million water plant and well field expansion.
An average 5,000 gallon a month residential water bill will increase from $11.48 to $16.41, said City Administrator John Call. The monthly minimum bill will increase from $7.31 to $8.01, while the gallons in the monthly minimum will decrease from 3,253 gallons to 1,500 gallons.
The residential rate per 1,000 gallons will go up 16 cents to $2.40. Commercial and industrial rates vary with usage. They are $2.40 per 1,000 gallons for the first 10,000 gallons; $1.73 per 1,000 gallons for the next 150,000 gallons; and $1.11 per 1,000 gallons over 160,000 gallons.