New homeowners to pay higher fee for trash cans

December 23, 2016 by  

According to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune, residents moving into newly-built homes in communities served by the Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District, including Cottonwood Heights, will pay a higher fee for trash cans than long-term residents.

At present, the cost of trash cans is included in the monthly fee of $14.75 the district charges. Starting January 1, 2017, new homeowners will pay a one-time fee of $50 for the trash cans, and a $10 charge for their delivery.

The issue is one of fairness, and whether existing homeowners should have to subsidize newcomers to the community. Craig Tischner, a councilman for Herriman City, is on the board of Wasatch Front Waste, and did not feel it was fair that most of the cost of the trash cans was created by those building new homes. On the other hand, he was also concerned about having existing customers paying expenses associated with people just moving to the area.

Instead of raising fees on everyone, Tischner proposed levying a startup and delivery fee once only on anyone moving into a newly constructed home. Since the trash cans are $50 each and everyone gets two, new residents are getting two for the price of one, and those already in the district do not have to shoulder additional costs.

Municipalities like this can benefit by working with newsletter printing companies to create informative materials for residents.

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