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Currently more than half of the cost of the program is subsidized by general taxes. The new rates are anticipated to reduce the burden on the general taxes from 56% in fiscal year 2019 to a projected 18% in fiscal year 2020. Taxpayer funds will continue to subsidize the program, but the new prices will shift the ratio so that the owner of the trash pays a higher rate for its removal, and the burden on the taxpayer is reduced. Trash sticker prices have not been increased since the program's inception in the 1990s.
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The Select Board discussed the potential increase at their meetings on August 27th and September 10th. A public hearing to determine new fees for trash stickers was opened on September 17th, 2019. The public hearing was continued to November 5th, 2019, where the board voted to increase the rate.
The new trash sticker rates will be implemented on January 1, 2020.
Yes. You are welcome to use any trash stickers that equate to the new rate. For example, after January 1st, you will need two pink $1.00 stickers for a 15-gallon trash bag.
Starting January 1st, retailers will sell $2 yellow stickers and $4 orange stickers. $1 pink stickers will be available until the supply is depleted.