STAUNTON -- Only one person on the Staunton city council voted against raising the fee for trash service. The pick up fee will increase by three dollars.
"It's just something we have to pay for," said Staunton Mayor Lacy King.
The use and maintenance of landfills has gone up the last few years because of the decline in home building.
"We've held off as long as we could," said chief finance officer Jeanne Colvin.
Mayor King said contractors are becoming smarter.
"Contractors have been recycling as much of their construction materials as possible," said King.
Good for the environment but that means people will have to hand over a little more cash. Since the land fills and trash were being used less by construction companies, the cost of using the property went down.
"For years we have used cash from our reserves of 5 million dollars over the last six or seven budget years," said Colvin.
This is only the third time fees have gone up in the past 19 years. This fee increase will help maintain day to day operations for trash pick up.
"We've looked at everything like reorganizing routes, reorganizing the crews to save money over the last several years. To keep from having to raise these rates," said Colvin.
The city of Staunton has even used inmates from jails to work in the landfills. All in effort to prevent raising the fee. The fee increase starts July 1st. The day to day operations will be the same.