A fee schedule approved by the public works committee is proposing a hike to $8.60 a month from $8.55 a month for the 65-gallon residential carts and to $13.60 from $13.20 for the 95-gallon carts.
Commercial and yard waste rates will have similar increases, although penalties — for infractions such as leaving carts on the street or putting nonrecyclable materials in the recycle bins — will remain at $10 or $20, respectively.
“The penalties are used sparingly,” Public Works Director Jamie McCord said. “We usually put a warning hanger on the door and that takes care of it.”
The cemetery fee schedules contain varying prices on gravesites, interments and disinterments. City residents are charged less than nonresidents, and the location and time of the work also are factors in the rates.
The increases apply at the publicly owned East View, Oakland and Myrtle Hill cemeteries, although McCord said only a few “nonprime” spaces are left in the historic Myrtle Hill.
A new $2.4 million mausoleum under construction there will add 588 crypts and 580 cremation urn niches, but those spaces will remain at presale rates until later next year.
City Manager John Bennett said the increased rates are included in the 2013 budget calculations. No hikes are planned for annual business licenses.
The proposed cemetery and solid waste fee increases will be presented to the Rome City Commission for approval at its Nov. 26 meeting.