Sedgwick County approves 78-cent increase in annual solid waste fee

06/12/2013 12:30 PM

06/12/2013 12:31 PM

The annual solid waste fee that Sedgwick County residents pay will go up 78 cents after commissioners voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve an increase.

Commissioner Richard Ranzau voted against it because he said the county is not using the money it already gets from the fee as efficiently as it could. Earlier in the week, he said he has pushed to move the county’s environmental resources office to public works to save $18,000 a year in rent.

“The county has refused to do so,” he said.

He said the county doesn’t have a revenue problem.

“We have a spending problem,” he said. “This is just one example.”

Commissioner Karl Peterjohn also voted against the fee increase.

The solid waste fee pays for the household hazardous waste facility and remote recycling events, among other projects. The fee was used for cleanup after an April 14, 2012, tornado that hit parts of south Wichita and Oaklawn. The money can be used to offset landfill tipping fees for storm debris.

Homeowners now will pay $6.48 a year for the fee.

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