Alton trash collection rates will not be going up, following a 4-3 vote by the city council to kill an ordinance that would have provided for increases over the next several years. Aldermen Carolyn MacAfee, Mike Velloff, Alice Martin and Charles Brake all voted against the hike. Mayor Brant Walker says with the defeat, the city will have to absorb the cost of the rate increases passed on by Allied Waste.
The city entered into an agreement with Allied three years ago to provide waste hauling service to residents. Alton officials claim the increase is necessary, as the contract negotiated with Allied three years ago charges the city an extra 4% each year. Had the ordinance passed, rates would have gone up November 1 from $17.40 to $18.10 per month, and 4% every October 1 through the end of the current contract with Allied Waste, which ends in 2020.