Supervisors consider rate hike for city dump


Customers of the Carson City Landfill could see higher tipping fees starting in July if the Board of Supervisors embraces proposed new rates at the Dec. 1 meeting, which starts at 8:30 a.m. in the community center.

According to a staff report by Darren Schulz and Rick Cooley of Carson City Public Works, landfill operators are proposing to raise $1 million a year for capital improvements and operations with a proposed rate hike that would take effect July 1, 2023.

The in-county rate for solid waste would jump from $24 a ton to $30 a ton under the proposal. Wood and green waste would jump from $12 a ton to $20 a ton. Medical waste would go from $200 a ton to $253 a ton, while a new $25 fee would be applied to each appliance with refrigerant.

Out-of-county rates for solid waste would increase to $74 a ton from $58 a ton.

According to the staff report, the 212-acre landfill has been run by Public Works since 2000 and hasn’t seen a rate change since 2011.

“The landfill is a valuable asset to the residents of Carson City, and staff is exploring ways to make sure it remains a sustainable asset in the future,” the report says. “Waste being brought to the landfill has increased approximately 80 percent in the past 10 years, creating a need to update and improve operations, implement additional safety measures, and create a master plan for future landfill operations, including expansion. Further, environmental compliance is requiring additional long-term planning and capital plans to be put in place. Staff does not believe these new and growing needs can be addressed without additional revenue for the landfill.”

The proposal would not affect the city’s Waste Management franchise fee or collection service rates, just landfill tipping fees.

The report states the current landfill has 56 percent of volume remaining and could last approximately 20 more years with a conservative estimate of 5 percent growth per year.

“Rates haven’t increased at the landfill for 11 years,” Schulz told the Appeal by email, “and we are starting to fall behind. The suggested increase would have the biggest effect on people from outside of Carson City who bring their trash to the landfill.”

If the board decides to initiate the fee hike, two readings of a new ordinance would be required as well as a business impact statement.

In other action, supervisors will consider appointing two members to the Regional Transportation Commission, one to fill a partial term expiring in December 2023 and one to fill a full term expiring in 2024.

According to a staff summary by City Manager Nancy Paulson, Jim Dodson has requested reappointment, while new applications were received from Christopher Moltz, Lucia Maloney, and Don Hataway.

Likewise, supervisors will consider appointing three members to the Carson City Open Space Advisory Committee, one for a partial term expiring January 2024, and the other two for full terms expiring in 2027. Mary Berge has requested reappointment, while new applications were received from Beth Harrison, Richard Nagel, Robert Buttner, Samuel Mozingo, Jay Wiggins, Laura Chavez, Jeff Rauh, and Traci Nelson.


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