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Decision on STR rate increase postponed

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” Although the city council will still take public comment on a proposed increase to trash collection rates at its Tuesday meeting, the item is not expected to come up for a vote, said City Manager David Jinkens in an e-mail.

On Feb. 26, South Tahoe Refuse Co. President Jeff Tillman requested a decision on the proposed rate increase be delayed until a third party expert could verify the accuracy of the proposed 4.92 percent increase.

The number is derived using a cost of living allowance formula in the company’s franchise agreement with the city.

In January, the refuse company proposed raising rates by 7.01 percent, but has since determined it could further cut costs and would be able to reduce the proposed rate hike by 2.09 percent.

If approved, the 4.92 percent increase would raise unlimited residential service by $12.84 a year, according to a city staff report.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at the Lake Tahoe Airport.