Bag tag, landfill fees jump

Increased costs for bag tags and landfill tipping are part of the new user fee schedule town council voted to adopt at Monday night’s regular meeting.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown said Monday the cost of bag tags will increase from $1 to $1.50 starting April 1.
Meanwhile, the minimum tipping fee at the landfill will go from $12 to $14 and the rate per tonne will jump from $46.41 to $50.
Brown said the increases are part of a four-year plan to see the town’s waste management system become self-funded through user fees, and not subsidized by taxation.
Altogether, the fee increases are expected to generate an extra $36,000 in revenue for the town, which will go back into the waste management program ($12,000 from bag tags and $24,000 from the tipping fees).
Brown noted the fee increases bring Fort Frances in line with what Dryden and Kenora charge for these services. For example, Dryden charges a minimum tipping fee of $14 and $70 per tonne while Kenora charges $15 and $80, respectively.
He added while the waste management fee increases are part of a four-year plan, bag tags will not go up again next year.
As the fee schedule was being drawn up, Brown noted administration had proposed to council that the cost of bag tags stay at $1 but that residents lose their one free container.
But council spoke strongly in favour of keeping the free container, and instead raising the cost to $1.50 each.
Aside from the waste management costs, most other user fees will go up an average of two percent—primarily to keep pace with inflation. This has been the trend for the past two years.
Some of the fees will go into effect immediately while others (such as airport fees, ice surface rentals, and day care rates) won’t kick in until May or June.
For specifics, the public can view a copy of the user fee schedule at the information desk at the Civic Centre.
Notice of Monday night’s public meeting regarding the new user fee schedule was published in the March 12 edition of the Daily Bulletin.
Being a public meeting, local residents were welcome attend and make a written or verbal presentation in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed fee schedule.
But no one spoke against it Monday night.