Brookfield residents, who saw their waste-hauling bills spike by 20 percent last August, got another bump in rates beginning March 1.

On Feb. 28, Brookfield village trustees voted unanimously to raise garbage hauling rates by 2 percent. Single-family property owners will pay a total of $309.60 annually for waste hauling, up from the prior rate of $303.48.

Owners of two-unit properties will see their rates rise from the prior $547.92 annually to $558.84.

Brookfield Finance Director Doug Cooper on Feb. 14 told trustees that because of the 20-percent hike in August another increase in waste-hauling rates could have waited until 2012. However, he felt a small increase now would head off another large increase like residents saw last summer.

“Looking at the numbers, I realized I had to take into account a full year’s worth of the 20-percent increase,” Cooper said. “We could take the 2 percent and push it off to next year, but I felt, let’s keep it at a gradual level as opposed to coming back eventually and hitting our residents with another large increase.”

The 20-percent increase was necessary last year, said Cooper, because revenues in the village’s garbage fund were not keeping pace with expenditures. Cooper projected a $210,000 deficit in the garbage fund in 2010.

With the hikes in August and March, the village can begin building a reserve in that fund, Cooper said.

“We should end 2011 with $70,000 excess in revenues over expenditures,” Cooper said. “So basically we’re building a reserve on this. I anticipate by the end of 2011 that we’d be approaching about $100,000 in reserve.”

Water rates rise slightly

Also on Feb. 14, the village board voted unanimously to increase water rates in 2011 by 1.8 percent.

Residential and business water customers who paid $4.43 per 1,000 gallons of water will now pay $4.55 per 1,000 gallons. The cost breakdown includes $2.78 for the water and $1.77 for administrative costs related to water service.

The board’s action came in the wake of the Brookfield-North Riverside Water Commission raising its water rates to the village by 1.8 percent on Feb. 1.