By Bob Uphues
Those who own single-family homes and two-unit buildings will see their waste hauling bills go up slightly this year after the Brookfield Village Board voted Jan. 22 to pass along a 3-percent increase imposed by Groot Industries Inc.
The rate increase, which is effective retroactively to Jan. 1, was determined by the village's contract with the waste hauling company. Brookfield last raised waste hauling rates July 1, 2017, after subsidizing the increase during the first six months of that year.
Last year's hike was the first passed along to customers since 2013.
"I believe at this time we have to pass on the increase," said Kit Ketchmark, village president, during a board discussion of the rate hike earlier in January, in the face of a tight 2018 village operating budget.
For single-family residences, the total cost for waste hauling/recycling, yard waste pickup and disposal fees will go from $344.96 annually to $355.31, an increase of $10.35 over the course of the year.
Two-unit building owners will see the total fee increase from $622.80 to $641.48, an annual increase of $18.68.
The owners of multifamily residential buildings and commercial waste hauling is contracted privately.
Groot Industries and Brookfield are operating under the terms of a five-year contract, which expires July 31, 2019. The waste hauling firm has served Brookfield for decades. The last time the village sought competitive proposals for waste hauling was in 2009, when it awarded Groot a five-year contract.
That contract was extended for another five years by the village board in 2014, with 3-percent annual increases built in to the deal.