Garbage collection

DeSoto County residents who use the county's residential garbage collection and related services will be paying less for those services in the next 12 months. 

Environmental Services Manager Ray Laughter has released a memo to the Board of Supervisors and County Administrator Vanessa Lynchard announcing the rate schedule for Fiscal Year 2016.

In the memo, Laughter wrote that the more than 14,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of DeSoto County will see their garbage collection bill drop 22 cents per month to $8.47 from the current $8.69 fee.

The lower fee will go into effect on Oct. 1, according to Laughter.

Waste Connections of Tennessee provides the garbage collection for DeSoto County and they informed county government of the adjusted fee schedule in a letter dated July 22.

The lower bills will also be in order for the county's 26 parks, county-owned buildings, Central Maintenance Barns and Jail, which will save the county's Solid Waste budget about $1,300 for Fiscal Year 2016.

The rate for the county's rubbish facility operations will fall from $2.54 a yard to $2.48 per yard for operations, meaning a savings of more than $8,500 for the fiscal year.

"These savings along with an approved price decrease from BFI on garbage disposal in June of this year will equate to a total savings of over $55,000.00 to the citizens of DeSoto County," Laughter said.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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