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Keokuk residents could soon see a spike in their trash bills

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

If you live in Keokuk, the city wants to raise your trash bills.

The city says the extra money is needed to keep the garbage trucks on the streets.

Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says that by increasing trash pick up costs by $1 a month it would help the city save money to replace these aging trucks.

Residents have mixed thoughts on the spike in their bills.

Marion says the city's fleet of garbage trucks is in good condition right now, but that won't be the case when they finish paying them off in five years.

"They'll be basically ten or eleven years old. At that point in time, we think they will be nearing their useful lifetime," said Marion.

And with multi-million dollar city projects in the works like the sewer separation and Grand Avenue renovations the city is reaching it's borrowing cap.

"I asked our bond council where we were going to be during the sewer separation he says you're going to be right at your bond limit, so we won't be able to bond," said Marion.

Marion says the $1 trash increase each month would give the city $42,000 a year to save for new trucks in five years.

The city could prevent the increase if residents cut back on their trash by half a pound per month, but Marion says this solution is almost impossible to achieve.

"You can't have your garbage driver get off and see whether they've reached a specific level," said Marion.

Some residents say it will be just another hit to their wallets, while others are glad the city is thinking ahead.

"That's the way if possible we would all like to run our households and so if you think of the city as a larger community household that sounds like a smart thing to do," said Keokuk resident Joe Lisieski.

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