AUDIO: Janesville City Council increases trash collection fees

The Janesville City Council takes action to make sure the Sanitation Fund stays in the black.

Two weeks ago the council was presented with several options, and they directed City Staff to combine two of those options into a hybrid solution.

Operations Manager John Whitcomb says the new option involves shifting a portion of the debt service, and increasing user fees at the same time.

The council unanimously approved the hybrid option on Monday night and at the same time directed City staff to look into a consultant to help out with landfill operations.

If no action had been taken the Sanitation Fund was projected to have a negative balance of more than $200,000 by the end of the year.

The changes that were unanimously approved by the City Council on Monday night equate to about $23 more a year in user fees, and about $7.68 a year more in taxes.