By LISA MACNEIL [email protected]

Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to pass a resolution increasing the annual rate of assessment for the Southwest Hernando County Municipal Solid Waste Collection Service Delivery Unit (MSBU). This area of ​​Spring Hill requires mandatory curbside garbage collection by Republic Services. Commissioner Beth Narverud voted against.

The annual rates for single-family and multi-family residential units (for a maximum of 4 units in a building) are currently $ 176.40 per unit. The new residential rate requested is $ 185.28 per unit, an increase of $ 8.88 per unit.

Utilities Director Gordon Onderdonk presented the resolution to the County Commissioners Council (BOCC) at its regular meeting on July 13, 2021. The county has contracted with Republic Services since 2019 for curbside collection. solid waste and recycling. After a rough start, Commissioner Steve Champion no longer feels like ‘the waste commissioner’, a term he used during the Republic’s first year of service, which ended in being denied. demand for increase at the time – due to poor service and a deluge of complaints from citizens.

Since then, the board has agreed that the service has improved greatly.

As stated in their contract, Republic Services may request an annual increase based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). For calendar year 2022, Republic Services is requesting a five percent (5%) rate increase.

According to the contract, the annual increase for Republic Services cannot exceed 5% during the remaining term of the contract, which ends in 2025. The maximum annual amount for future years that may be billed under this agreement would be 214, $ 00.