Maplewood now provides trash and recycling pickup for residents for free, but that might change. The city council is set to consider options to have residents help cover the cost.
Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran sent a memo to the mayor and city council in October outlining some options.
The cost to the city for the service is approximately $43,000 per month or $552,000 per year, according to a memo from the city manager to the council in October.
The pickup costs are expected to increase this January and January 2019, each one an increase of one and a half percent. The city’s contract with the pickup service expires at the end of 2019.
The city manager presented several options, including property tax increases of 1 cent, 5 cents and 10 cents; or requiring residents to pay a fee of $8.15 per month, which would be approximately 50 percent of the cost.
Maplewood City Council could vote soon to put a property tax increase on the April 3 ballot.