Finance Committee Recommends Sanitation Fee Increase

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Finance Committee Recommends Sanitation Fee Increase:

Average increase would be $3.77 per month if approved by Commission

As expected, the City Commission’s Finance Committee recommended an increase in sanitation fees for Miami Beach residents. During the budget process CFO John Woodruff laid out the deficits being run in the Sanitation Department in recent years and noted costs were likely to increase with a new sanitation contract. That number wasn’t known until negotiations concluded which they now have.
 
Jay Fink, Assistant Director of the City’s Public Works Deparment, said Progressive was chosen from three bidders and through what he called successful negotiations, the original bid was reduced by 10% though fees will go up by 15% for residents. Currently, the average cost is $25.12 per month per unit. Under the new contract, fees would be $28.89 per month per unit, an increase of $3.77.
 
The City Administration asked the Finance Committee to support a pass-through of the fees to Miami Beach residents. 
 
Woodruff told the Committee in the coming year they will be working on a long-term plan to resolve the funding imbalance which Fink said had reached $3 million in recent years. 
 
Woodruff said, “All this does is keep that gap from getting bigger… It’s a simple pass-through of the increased cost of doing the contract.”
 
Commissioner Mark Samuelian, one of the Finance Committee members, said, “I’m never a fan of material increases. I really resist it. I continue to. That being said, it sounds like our costs are going up and we need to keep whole so I don’t love having to do it but I’m prepared to support what the Administration’s recommended as is because we need to cover our costs.”
 
Fink noted the contract includes automatic CPI increases annually.
 
The recommendation for the increase will go to the City Commission in January and requires two readings. If approved, the rate increase will take effect March 1st.
 
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