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Trash rates, tax rate going up in Platte City
by Wendy Crotts
Landmark reporter


Residents of Platte City will be paying more for refuse pickup.

Platte City's Board of Aldermen raised many trash rates at their regular meeting last week.

Rates that didn't increase were residential curbside collection fees, which will remain at $10.60 per month.

Also, commercial curbside service will remain at $25 per month for each business without a dumpster.

Fees seeing an increase include:
• Curbside fees for those with a dumpster will go from $8.50 per tipping up to $10 per tipping.

•Yard waste collection was $5 and now is $7.50 per month.

•Fees for items such as appliances and air conditioners that contain freon will increase to $35, up from $15.

•Tires are $5 per tire if the regular size, larger tires such as truck, tractor or other unusually large tires are $15 each. Rims up to 17" are $10 each.

•Furniture such as bed springs, water heaters and lawn mowers are $15.

•For items which include but not limited to: carpet, mattresses, console TV's and heating units. $25.

Mayor Frank Offutt said: "The rates had been the same since 1987. It's harder to dump some of these items due to the freon content and the tires."

In other business at last week's meeting, the board:

•Voted to annex property in the South I-29 corridor. The city is annexing right of ways adjacent to Interstates 29 and 435. This annexation will make it easier to proceed with plans to provide services to incorporated land east of I-29. This will also make the city limits more uniform and give Platte City a more contiguous boundary.

•Heard that Sunday, Oct. 14 is the dedication of the new Civic Center (old Platte City High School), which will eventually house all city offices. There will be more information closer to the dedication. The public will be invited to this ceremony.

•Approved a lease agreement with Jack Wennen for the use of the civic center gymnasium area. Wennen plans to run karate classes there two nights a week. Monthly rental fees begin at $200 in September and increase monthly to $500 in February.

•Heard that the Highway 92 and 4th Street project should be completed around Sept. 15. No word on when the stoplight will be installed.

•Approved raising the property tax levy by 10 cents, with the new rate being $1 per $100 assessed valuation within the Platte City limits. The amount previously was .90 per $100 assessed valuation. The increase comes in the debt service portion of the levy and will help pay for the city's ongoing capital improvement projects.