Augusta trash rates to increase

Friday, Aug 14, 2009 12:27 PM
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Augusta's trash rate will be going up by $9.50 this year, a 3.2 percent increase to be reflected in residents' tax bills, officials confirmed today.

Mark Johnson, the director of Richmond County Solid Waste, which oversees the garbage collection contract, said today that the decision to go up on the rate was made in the past week after an assessment of costs for the remainder of the year deemed the increase necessary.

The increase will cause a resident's annual bill to go from $287 to $296.50, he said.

Mr. Johnson said it's the second rate increase since Augusta-Richmond County started a new garbage contract in 2006, receiving service from the companies Augusta Disposal, Inland Services and Advanced Disposal. Mr. Johnson said the new rate increase was made recently because tax statements are about to go out and a decision needed to be made.

The last time an increase was made was in 2008, when the yearly rate went from $276 to $287, Mr. Johnson said. Prior to that, when Augusta-Richmond County first took over garbage service in 2000, he said the rate was set at $195. That didn't change, he said, until a new contract was negotiated with haulers, setting the rate in 2006 at $276.

He said that because there was no rate change from 2000 to 2006 even though costs were increasing, that left Augusta with a $2.6 million deficit to overcome.

"We'll call that a lesson learned. So now, as our costs go up we need to adjust our rates accordingly from keeping ourselves from being in that situation again."

Mr. Johnson said the major increase in cost has come from fuel prices.

He said that the $9.50 cent increase per customer should offset the added costs forecast for the remainder of the year. As the system services approximately 60,000 customers, that increase would total about $570,000.

Augusta's current garbage contract isn't set to end until Dec. 31, 2010.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/14/09 - 11:56 am
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They need to give us a

They need to give us a once-a-week pickup option with a lower price.

OIC
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OIC 08/14/09 - 12:00 pm
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$24.66 per month is a good

$24.66 per month is a good deal

OIC
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OIC 08/14/09 - 12:02 pm
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We need lower water and sewer

We need lower water and sewer rates.

rharris3237
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rharris3237 08/14/09 - 12:06 pm
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What they really need to do

What they really need to do is charge everyone the space fee no matter where you live. That includes the city of Augusta, time for the city and all the landlords to pay up. I happy you have dozens of homes that you rent but you should still pay the piper like all the rest of us. That is the price we pay when we move into Richmond County, why should it be any different price wise for the city and county. Also if you cry but my rental home is empty, rent it or sell it one or the other but you need to pay up like the rest of us.

reality_bites
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reality_bites 08/14/09 - 12:09 pm
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If the City of Augusta keeps

If the City of Augusta keeps this up, they will force people to move. Then they will have no revenue. This is just rediculous. First you hear on the news this morning that our homestead exemption is being taken away, now this.

This is a pitiful City to live in.

rharris3237
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rharris3237 08/14/09 - 12:14 pm
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I know come election time who

I know come election time who I am not voting for, our commissioners and mayor. Like the old saying I heard not long ago it is time for a CHANGE. I wonder if the residents of the county would ever get together and bring this to court. I believe you would see a big rate decrease if the city were to be forced to pay the same bill.

LWEST
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LWEST 08/14/09 - 12:27 pm
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I hate that we were forced to

I hate that we were forced to pay this trash service bill , we had no say so in it..

mad_max
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mad_max 08/14/09 - 12:43 pm
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DO YOU REALIZEE HOW MUCH 9.50

DO YOU REALIZEE HOW MUCH 9.50 FOR EACH HOUSE IN THIS COUNTY AMOUNTS TOO?? THIS CANNOT POSSIBLY BE RELATED TO THE COST OF SERVICE. Last year the rates were increased due to higher fuel cost. Fuel is now half what it was. Did we get a DECREASE? NO!. What is the rate increase for this year? How much kickback are the officials in charge of this contract getting??? When the commissioners held their neighborhood meetings about the FORCED trash pick-up I was chastised by one of our local overpaid radio announcers who views himself as a "personality" because I stood up and told them we did not trust them to control the cost and we did not trust their motives for putting it on our Property Tax bills. This is why. Now we get increases with no discussion, no proof of rates vs. cost, and NO ALTERNATIVE. Hmmm, maybe Obama patterned his healthcare plan after the Augusta Garbage Pickup Plan. WHEN ARE YOU CROOKED PIECES OF CRAP GOING TO START LOOKING OUT FOR THE TAXPAYER INSTEAD OF SCREWING THEM AND TAKING BRIBES AND KICKBACKS????

bentman
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bentman 08/14/09 - 12:49 pm
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This is a typical result of

This is a typical result of government control of something that should be left up to the consumer. Before the government takeover I paid $14.00/month for once/week service. In their infinite wisdom they decided I needed two days per week, so I was forced to purchase something I didn't need. Another example of how the citizen more effectively uses his own money that the government.

mad_max
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mad_max 08/14/09 - 01:01 pm
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It's time for a damned

It's time for a damned revolution in this county. We need to put the commissioners AND Mr. Johnson on the street along with the City Attorney, the Contracting Office, and all of the other department heads. We need a HOUSE CLEANING in Richmond County. We need to REVERSE CONSOLIDATION. We need to get rid of our milk toast mayor who always seems to disassociate himself with tax increase and fee increases but always shows up when he is gladhanding at some new big deal that NEVER SEEMS TO WORK OUT. This county has done everything possible to run it's residents off and the only question now is not IF it will collapse but WHEN. SCREW THIS BOGUS TRASH CONTRACT. NO WAY DOES IT COSTS $296 to pick up trash when the contractor has such a large number of customers all in the same area. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER MONEY GRAB FROM AN INCOMPETENT COUNTY GOVERNMENT.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 08/14/09 - 01:52 pm
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I thought the rate of trash

I thought the rate of trash in Augusta has been increasing anyway. This isn't anything new.

creolechick
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creolechick 08/14/09 - 01:57 pm
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Why can't we take a vote on

Why can't we take a vote on this? I would vote to decrease pickups to just 1 time a week and that would include recycling. If you recycle, you wouldn't need more than 1 pickup a week. And the cost should go down!!!

LastAviator
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LastAviator 08/14/09 - 02:04 pm
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I rarely have enough trash to

I rarely have enough trash to fill one can and drag it to the street, ad these people come by 5 times a week. Twice for garbage, once for recycleables, once for yard waste and once for bulk waste. I have never used "bulk" waste. What is that anyway? An old sofa? How many old sofas can one person throw away to have to pay that much?
I am elderly and on a fixed income and I am going to have to sell my house (If I can) and move into an apartment because I cannot keep paying for all this crap they add to my tax bill. You people need to get a grip before you lose all your tax base.

LastAviator
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LastAviator 08/14/09 - 02:11 pm
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Once a month I drag my trash

Once a month I drag my trash container to the street. I do not have enough trash to sneeze at and those trash people come round here 5 times a week. FIVE TIMES, and it all goes to the same place. It's freaking ridiculous! They come twice for trash, once for recycling, once for yard waste and once for bulk trash, EVERY WEEK!!!! It all goes to the same place!!!! I am typical of the average person on my street.
AND PEOPLE STILL DUMP TRASH ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD!

wcr250
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wcr250 08/14/09 - 02:13 pm
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We voted these vulchers in.

We voted these vulchers in. Lets vote this vermin out.
Take my advice and leave Richmond County as soon as possible.

LastAviator
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LastAviator 08/14/09 - 02:16 pm
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Just wait 'til you get a

Just wait 'til you get a water bill like those people in Graniteville. That will be the next thing Richmond County runs the bill up on. If I could afford to move, I would. The next time I move it will be because I cannot afford the taxes in this county anymore. What do they want? My reasonable tax money or no tax money? They need to decide.

LastAviator
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LastAviator 08/14/09 - 02:19 pm
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People are already leaving

People are already leaving this county in droves. Do those people have any idea what the hell they are doing?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/14/09 - 02:20 pm
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The county ought to put out

The county ought to put out dumpsters and let people who don't want to pay these outrageous fees cart their garbage there themselves. I'd sure do it. But the truth is that Augusta's cost of living is typically less than it is even in other Georgia cities of comparable size, to say nothing of costs in most other states. Still, we ought to have other options since this really is nothing more than a tax levied without our having voted for it.

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 08/14/09 - 02:45 pm
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Yep, looks like Columbia

Yep, looks like Columbia County will have some folks coming are way because of all the increases in Richmond County.

mad_max
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mad_max 08/14/09 - 02:47 pm
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Hey, if I can't sell this

Hey, if I can't sell this place I'll walk off and leave it. It's paid for. They can starve for revenue until they decide to sell it and I doubt they can find a buyer since no one wants to live it this HOPELESS DUMP anyway. Why in the hell did we pass consolidation? There has got to be a way to REVERSE CONSOLIDATION. No one should have to live under a government that was STRUCTURED TO FAIL from the beginning. We need a Property Owners organization and a lawyer to start working on getting Consolidation REVERSED, and in the meantime to tie them up in court over things like this unfair garbage collection fee crap.

Old_Chevy
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Old_Chevy 08/14/09 - 02:49 pm
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Typical Augusta politics.

Typical Augusta politics. Shove a tax bill down the property owners throats; pay or else. Taxation without proper representation...sound familiar? I have a 70+ yr. old house and the property tax bill has doubled what it was 3 years ago, but the property value had no change. My house is not "remodeled"; just fixed things when they broke. I called and was told that my bill was based on what properties in "my area" sold for. Total crap. I have lived in Augusta all my life, but this junk is prompting me towards relocating away from RC.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/14/09 - 02:54 pm
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I like the idea of un-doing

I like the idea of un-doing consolidation. It clearly has not been anything but an impediment to growth and a failure of governance. I really like that idea a lot.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 08/14/09 - 03:01 pm
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hey mr. old chevey, whoever

hey mr. old chevey, whoever told you that is flat out telling you a lie. if the value on your home HAS NOT CHANGED, THEN an increase in your taxes is a result of your commissioners and/or school board representation and if they decide to increase the mill rates (or decide to increase user fee such as garbage, lights...etc)

mad_max
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mad_max 08/14/09 - 03:31 pm
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Anybody know if it is

Anybody know if it is possible to get a Binding Referendum on the ballot in GA to do something like REVERSE CONSOLIDATION. I think any decent lawyer could prove that we are being forced to live under a local government that has be structured to fail and, in fact, is totally dysfunctional and HAS FAILED. To PROVE this all we have to do is point to CC and North Augusta and compare them to RC. A classic example of what COULD BE and what IS.

mad_max
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mad_max 08/14/09 - 03:44 pm
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Oh by the way. Everyone needs

Oh by the way. Everyone needs to light up their commissioners phones all weekend and all next week. They announced this on a Friday hoping it would die down by Monday. If you have your commissioners home number, give them no peace this weekend. Call their homes, call their businesses, call Deke the white ghost. With the cost of fuel going down like it has from this time last year, WE SHOULD BE GETTING A GARBAGE RATE CUT, NOT AN INCREASE.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 08/14/09 - 06:40 pm
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They have to divert us from

They have to divert us from the almost $300.00 property tax increase by trying to get us upset over this. It won't work.

gogbd
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gogbd 08/14/09 - 06:51 pm
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new welcome signs for augusta

new welcome signs for augusta (at county lines)

welcome to augusta rc, "the home for section 8 housing and government controlled trash p/u " and the masters

gogbd
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gogbd 08/14/09 - 06:52 pm
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repeal consolidation now

repeal consolidation now

gogbd
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gogbd 08/14/09 - 06:56 pm
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the commissioners from last

the commissioners from last night really dont care especially don grantham with his trashy snied laughter at tax payers in goshen. please grow up don

enana031
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enana031 08/14/09 - 07:14 pm
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Too bad all of us can't

Too bad all of us can't afford to vacate Richmond County and let the idiots making these decisions support them! I know I would if I could!

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