LIVINGSTON -- The City Council approved a garbage rate increase by a 4-0 vote during last night's meeting that soon will have residential utility bills on the rise.
The increase means typical bills will increase to $23.79 a month from the $18.60 charged to those with a single can or $22.04 charged to those with an extra can, according to city data. In 2014, the rates would jump to $26.49 a month. The earliest that residents will see the increase on their bills is May 3.
City officials say the rate increases are aimed at reducing a nearly half-million-dollar deficit in the sanitation fund, providing a three-month reserve and paying for the services.