The Shelton City Commission Monday approved a 20-year contract with Mason County Garbage to pick up garbage, recycling and yard waste. This privatization passed on a 2 to 1 vote with Commissioner Tracy Moore voting against.
The contract keeps services the same in the City while maintaining current rates for the rest of this year. Rates for the following years are tied to the CPI.
The following is a news release from the City of Shelton:
Garbage Contract Ensures Service and Rate Stability
During the Monday, June 12th City Commission meeting, commissioners approved a service agreement with Mason County Garbage for the collection and disposal of solid waste, recyclables, and yard waste in the City of Shelton. The contract finalizes six months of negotiation, and assures that residents will receive continued service levels at the lowest rate possible. The 20 year agreement with Mason County Garbage accomplishes that by:
- Ensuring no service changes for City customers.
- Locking in currents rates through the end of 2017.
- Limiting potential rate increases through 2037.
The City will also receive a $1,000,000 prepayment in Utility Tax from Mason County Garbage, and a one-time payment of $710,000 for the City’s solid waste equipment.
The move to privatize garbage services within City limits came in response to the rising costs associated with providing the utility. Additionally, the garbage service fees had not been adjusted within the City of Shelton for more than a decade, resulting in multiple years of departmental budget deficits.
The transition to Mason County Garbage service in Shelton begins on July 1, 2017. City residents will not experience any changes to the service schedule. The only notable adjustment during the service transition is that garbage service billing will be transferred to Mason County Garbage. A final garbage service bill from the City of Shelton, dated June 26, 2017, will include garbage and yard waste charges from May 17th through the end of June, resulting in a bill that appears higher than normal because of the extended service billing period. All future garbage service bills will come directly from, and should be paid directly to, Mason County Garbage.
Questions regarding the upcoming garbage service transition can be directed to the City’s Customer Service Department at 360-426-4491.