City eyes hike in water, trash, other fees

Whether you’re watering your lawn to keep it green or chipping onto the green at the municipal course, you’ll likely pay more to do both in Grand Junction in 2009.

The city is preparing to raise several fees next year, as officials try to create additional operational and maintenance revenue and compensate for increases in the cost of fuel and other materials.

City water customers who use 3,000 gallons or less a month would pay $9 a month next year, compared to $8.50 this year. The rate for users of 3,000 to 10,000 gallons a month and more than 10,000 gallons will increase by a few cents per 1,000 gallons, with the biggest water consumers paying the greatest per-1,000-gallon increase.

Sewer-service bills for single-family homes would increase 2.5 percent from $14.61 to $14.95.

Trash-pickup bills would increase 4 percent across the board, from the smallest trash container to the largest commercial Dumpster. City officials say the rate increase is needed because landfill costs have gone up 11 percent in a year and fuel costs have surged 116 percent over the past three years.

The cost to recycle through the city’s Curbside Recycling Indefinitely program will not change.

The city parks and recreation staff is recommending an 8 percent hike in season passes and daily greens fees at Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park golf courses. The increases will offset additional costs for petroleum-based products including fertilizer, chemicals and PVC pipe.

“The fund balance in our golf fund is lower than it has been in a long time, and we don’t want it to go any lower,” Forestry and Cemetery Supervisor Mike Vendegna told City Council members Monday.

General recreation fees could increase up to 20 percent in some instances, city officials said.

Swimming, forestry, cemetery and facility rental rates will hold steady.

If you want to park downtown, you’ll pay double — from 10 cents an hour this year to 20 cents next year — to do so at the 10-hour meters.

All other parking rates will remain the same. In fact, the cost to lease an uncovered spot in the downtown parking garage will drop from $50 a month to $30 a month and $600 a year to $360 a year, as city officials try to boost occupancy rates in the garage.

“We frankly did not get a lot of takers at $50 a month,” Financial Operations Manager Jodi Romero said.

Council members are expected to approve the fee changes later this year.


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