A landfill that will cost the city an estimated $176,447 a year to operate was endorsed Monday by the City Council.
It will cost the city $2,395,000 to build and equip the landfill southeast of Levelland, said City Manager Rick Osburn.
Located off Bobwhite and Impala roads, the facility will handle a maximum of 20 tons of household waste and 20 tons of construction debris each day.
To develop the landfill, the city will use $1.75 million from an internal financing fund and take $645,000 from General Fund reserves, he said.
It will be staffed by two employees.
Osburn said he will propose increasing garbage rates by about 5 percent in the new budget year to hire one person for the landfill. A second employee will probably be hired in September 2014.
Rates could later be increased by about 9.8 percent over their current level.
Mayor Waymon Jackson said it appears the city is ‘raising costs’ to pay for the new landfill.
Osburn said the city should see a decrease in rates with its current solid waste carrier, Republic, because not as much garbage will have to be hauled outside the county.