At the most recent city council meeting on Monday, a bylaw was passed that will see Airdronians save some money.
Airdrie City Council gave three readings to Bylaw No. B-21/2023, which is Waste Bylaw Amendments.
Previously, based on anticipated collection and disposal rates for 2023, the daily waste pickup charge increased from $0.74 to $0.85. Since then, the department has bargained contract extensions with prices that are less expensive than originally estimated.
During the annual budget and planning cycle, utility prices are proposed and evaluated. The Council Budget Committee (CBC) debated the 2023 Utility budget on November 24, 25, and 26, 2022. Council set the rates and authorized them on December 5, 2022, but that has since changed.
According to the city, environmental services and waste collection are run on a break-even basis, which neither increases the operating fund nor decreases it. The environmental tax and the garbage collection cost are included in the City's utility bill.
City administration recommended that these savings be passed on to the City of Airdrie residential collection customers.
This would mean a reduction in the daily waste collection fee of $0.06 effective as of June 1, 2023.
This will reduce the daily charge, from $0.85 to $0.79. Residents who pay the collection fee would save a total of $1.68 on each utility bill, or $21.84 annually.
All three readings were given without any questions and passed unanimously by the council.
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