Over the last eight years, although operational costs have increased, Bonita Hamstra with J&B Disposal says that her service rates have remained the same. Hamstra presented the Franklin Board of Aldermen with a request in March to increase her rates. Hamstra’s request included a residential garbage pick up increase from $8 per month to $9.50 per month for roadside service. The request also included an increase for house service from $11 to $12.50 per month.
“I am here for a rate increase, it has been eight years,” Hamstra said in March. “Fuel prices are not my only expense, I have employees, I have insurance, I have repairs, and it goes on and on. So, I don’t feel like going up from $8 to $9.50 per month is an exorbitant increase.”
In 2008, Hamstra was given board approval to increase her rates from $6 per month to $8 per month for roadside service and $9 to $11 per month for house service. Prior to the 2008 rate increase, J&B Disposal had not increased rates since April 2003.
Hamstra’s request in March was tabled at the request of Alderman Joe Collins, who requested additional information to justify the need of increased rates.
“I think that we need to do our diligence, for who we represent to see where some of this is, rather than just come in on a request and a broad brush,” Collins said in March. “My opinion is that it’s a broad brush of ‘Well, it’s been a while and we need more.’ So, I personally would like to see the numbers myself.”
Hamstra presented the board with additional numbers and operational costs on Monday night, showing that since 2008, insurance costs and fuel costs have contributed to additional businesses expenses. She also noted the services provided by J&B Disposal are voluntary and anyone who wishes to forgo their services due to the rate increase or any other reason, are able to do so.
The board unanimously voted to approve the rate increase.