Monthly Service Fee Approved For Huntington Trash Pick-up

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated May 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Huntington residents must now pay $10 more each month as part of the new "city services refuse collection fee."

The Huntington City Council cast their final vote Monday morning to implement a city-wide monthly service fee until May of 2011.

But that money won't only go towards trash pick-up.

It will also go towards other city services like road improvements and also towards cutting down the city's one million dollar budget deficit.

Mayor Steve Updike says, “With the loss of all kind of revenue, the loss of property taxes, the appeals, people are seeing we need some other kind of revenue to help off set the losses of property taxes."

The city council also voted on and approved an ordinance that will increase the amount rural Huntington residents pay for their sewer services.

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