When it comes to monthly trash collection costs, Guthrie residents pricing has remained the same since 2006. Now, city officials will begin looking at possibly increasing those rates to their customers.
The council met Tuesday evening in a workshop to discuss trash service with City Manager Leroy Alsup presenting a 10-year snapshot.
In 2006, the council approved a 12% price increase to $13.24 (inside city limits) for residential trash collection and remains the same today. Residential customers in Crescent pay a $13.98 monthly fee, while Edmond is at $15.35, Kingfisher $16.05, Choctaw $19 and Stillwater $20.38.
Alsup showed council members Waste Connections, who provides pickup service, has increased their costs to the City 10.60% over the last 10 years. The monthly rates have increased from $7.45 in 2012 to the current $8.24.
During the same time period, the City’s percent margin has decreased from 37% to 26%. Without trash rate increases by the City — in comparison to Waste Connections rates — nearly $950,000 has been lost in revenue opportunity for the City.
If the City had maintained the percent increase as Waste Connections, the current monthly fee for customers would be $14.65 per month.
Alsup informed council members further studies and recommendations on a possible increase can come from either the City’s finance committee, or the Citizens Rate and Fee Advisory Committee.
The council will likely consider the next steps at the annual City Council Retreat scheduled for August 13.