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Elma considering new utility tax on garbage services

ELMA — The Elma City Council is considering an ordinance that would place a 6 percent utility tax on the gross revenue for solid waste services conducted within the city and ultimately raise the garbage bills for customers within city limits.

City Attorney Dan Glenn noted that the cities of McCleary and Montesano already impose a tax and notes in his report that it’s the pattern of LeMay Enterprises — which manages the city’s garbage service — to show the tax as a separate charge on bills and treat it as a rate increase.

Council members debated the issue Monday night, but opted to send it to a committee to look into the issue some more.

Before ever being approved, the city would need to conduct a public hearing on the matter.

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