TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Lee County Supervisors voted four to one on a proposal to raise residential solid waste rates from $9.00 to $12.50 a month.
Commercial rates will increase by ten percent.
Supervisor Phil Morgan voted against the measure, but other supervisors say the jump in price is unavoidable due to increasing costs in operation.
Supervisor Bobby Smith said, "Obviously it's more money out of our pockets. At the same time who can load their garbage four times a month, carry it to the landfill and dump it for $12.50? It's still a good deal any way you look at it."
Supervisors say they're frustrated that almost $1 million in delinquent garbage bills are still unpaid. Some go back as far back as 1994.
Right now vehicle tags can't be purchased by someone with a late garbage bill.
Smith said, "People can move their cars around to someone else's name and get by that. It's just a bad situation. We have to pick the garbage up but have no guarantee of collection in it."
In other action the board voted to allow Tupelo to take over fire protection in newly annexed parts of the city.
The move will affect residents who live in parts of seven volunteer fire districts in the county.
Smith said, "We just put that on the minutes this morning which means basically that the people in those areas will not be double taxed on their fire protection."
Residents had faced the possibility of paying the county departments and the City of Tupelo for fire protection.