STAUNTON, Va. -- Staunton City Council will meet to talk about the city budget as well as the possibility of a fee increase.
Councilman Erik Curren said the need for an increase is because the fee hasn't been raised in a few years to keep up with inflation.
If the increase passes, it would mean that city residents pay three dollars more per month.
Curren said it is likely that it will pass when city council votes on it on Thursday night.
Curren said the refuse fee doesn't support the cost of services, which means city council has to subsidize and pull from other parts of the city budget.
According to Curren, even with an increase, Staunton's fee would be lower compared to other cities of similar sizes.
"And at a time when schools and roads are having trouble finding the funds they need, it seems like refuse really should support itself."
They will be considering the ordinance to establish the budget for fiscal year 2014.
The city budget is about 100 million dollars and Curren welcomes people to attend the meeting.
That meeting is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers.
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