ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Garbage rates will increase for Ellisville residents, and some people are not happy about it.
The rates will increase from $15.50 to $23 starting next billing cycle.
"I'm on fixed income and I'm paying enough as it is," said James Blackledge. "It's killing me."
He said he hasn't seen an increase in years and doesn't believe he should be paying more for a service he said he hasn't been receiving in 18 years.
"That's a bunch of a raise right there," Blackledge said. "We're getting a garbage truck but no bush truck."
Mayor Lynn Buckhaults said it's hard to believe that someone hasn't been serviced for that long.
"The issue of someone paying for it and not getting it, that's news to me," Buckhaults said.
According to Buckhaults, there's more to the rate increase than people realize.
Buckhaults said the $15.50 rate under the old contract with Enviro covered residential garbage and bulky waste, such as furniture. But he said under law, the city has to rebid at the maximum of six years.
"Biggest difference in the increase is that we're dealing with a six-year-old price that was reduced and never went up for six years," Buckhaults said. "Now, that company's out of business and we're basing it all on the new, current prices. That's why the spread is so big."
He said the price should have been going up some by 2 percent a year for the past six years.
Buckhaults said under the new contract with Waste Pro of Hattiesburg, the pick up of bulky waste is not included, requiring the city to handle the waste. This also resulted in an increase.
"The prices we got are current, legitimate, up-to-date prices that we can't control," the mayor said.
James said if the city is going to the raise the price on garbage rates, they need to be sure everyone is getting serviced.
"We're not getting the services and we're not going to pay it," Blackledge said.
The mayor said under the new contract, customers living on the West side of Highway 11 will be serviced Monday and Thursday. All customers residing on the West side of Highway 11 will be serviced Tuesday and Friday.
These changes began on July 2nd.