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For over a decade, residents of Fort Dodge have paid the same monthly fee of $ 14.50 to have their garbage and recycling materials picked up.

This status could come to an end.

Presenting the proposed sanitation budget for 2022-2023 on Monday evening, City Manager David Fierke said he would ask city council to discuss a possible tariff increase in the spring.

When enacted, the $ 14.50 fee was intended to generate money for a new type of solid waste collection trucks that use mechanical arms and put the sanitation collection system on a base solid.

“We did well,” said Fierke.

However, he said revenues have remained relatively stable and a deficit of $ 148,000 is expected.

The collection of waste and recycling materials is paid by the monthly fee. The property tax money is not used.

The proposed remediation budget for 2022-2023 is $ 1,636,993.

The budget includes $ 235,000 for a new truck.

Fierke and the council discussed the sanitation budget as they continued to work on the spending plan for the next fiscal year. This fiscal year begins July 1, 2022, but state law requires cities to budget in mid-March.

Other proposed budgets presented on Monday include:

• $ 3,039,680 for storm sewer maintenance and construction, paid for with storm water service charges.

• $ 736,523 for town planning.

• $ 277,350 for inspections.

• $ 100,400 for the inspection of rental units.

• $ 84,949 for the self-funded Municipal Improvement District, a downtown area of ​​about 32 blocks where owners pay an additional tax to support projects there.

• $ 34,000 to operate the public works department’s central garage on Eighth Avenue South.

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