The City of Newburgh is looking to raise sanitation fees for property owners in the city. According to City Comptroller, Todd Venning, the sanitation fund has been running at a deficiency since 2012.
“Since then it has not been a self supporting fund so these proposed user increases will bring the fund back into solvency for it to be self supportive again and for it to support its own capital needs,” said Venning.
The proposed fees will go from $115 a quarter in a single family home to $179, approximately a $63 increase.
DPW Superintendent, George Garrison, attributes the deficit to an increase in the tipping fees from $85 a ton to $110 a ton in conjunction with a series of other payments that have increased since 2012.
The sanitation user fee increase is just one of a series of actions the city is looking to take in the hopes of solving the city’s sanitation issues. Other actions included looking at enforcement, the system used to collect garbage and recycling.