User fee to increase at Russell Gulch and Buckhead Mesa

Globe — Rusell Gulch and Buckhead Mesa landfill user fee schedule is going to increase after a 2-1 vote during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, October 24. 

There hasn’t been an increase on the user fee schedule since 2008. Steve Sanders gave a brief update on the current state of the landfills.

Buckhead Mesa has about 5 years of life left before it runs out of room and the Russell Gulch has approximately 20 years. The intent to increase the fees was posted for 60 days in the Arizona Silver Belt and the Payson Round Up and only 2 comments were received by email. One said “we are on a fixed income and not in favor of the increase”, the other email said “we think a 5% increase sounds reasonable based on what we pay in property taxes.”

Space is an obstacle for the landfill. Buckhead Mesa is doing it’s last expansion to give the landfill the 5 years. The county is looking into other land options to keep a landfill open in the northern Gila County region. Another obstacle is equipment needs to be upgraded.

This current rate is $39 per ton and asking to go to $44.51 per ton. The current inflation rates would have and average of $53 per ton, so this cost is below what it should be. Gila County is on the low end of the scale when compared to other transfers stations. A private owned one in Payson charges $65 per ton and Safford is $48 per ton.

Supervisor Cline asked that in Globe is there a free dump day?

Sanders responded with the community events that are held at different locations. There are recycle days at the landfill throughout the year. We don’t open up the landfill and say come dump, it may be for paint, tires, green waste, things like that.

Cline also was glad to hear that they are looking into other options for the future; the fees from 5 dollars to 7.50 may be hard for some individuals but compared to other places it is reasonable.

Supervisor Humphrey commented that there is a problem with blight in the community and even, he knows that there is a need for the increase. For just the minimum the increase is going up a lot, he would like to see the minimum for the people dumping only a few bags be cheaper. The commercial companies who dump aren’t as affected by the increase.

Supervisor Humphrey was opposed to the increase.

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