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For 20-years Bossier City has been in partnership with Shreveport for garbage pickup. Recently Bossier City officials dumped its contract with Shreveport after several attempts were made to extend the contract. Starting in December Bossier City residents will start paying more for their solid waste collection.  Right now each household pays a flat rate of $8 a month for garbage pick up plus $8 for public services. But switching from a contract with the City of Shreveport to a private firm means the cost will go up. But one city councilman is saying not so fast. Don Williams is asking for public input at tomorrow's council meeting. The new collection contract is almost a done deal which can be finalized at the September council meeting. But before that vote Councilman Williams is asking the council to take public comments at tomorrow's meeting, before they ask residents for more dollars. James Lee, a Bossier City resident for thirty-five years wishes things could have been worked out. "I have no complaints about our present garbage pickup, I honestly feel it has not been pursued to renew the contract with Shreveport," Lee said. The retired Bossier resident is upset because a new contract means more dollars out of his already shrinking budget. Councilman Don Williams recently voted against adding an agenda item in council introducing an ordinance to increase the solid waste collection fees. "I didn't feel like the public knew about it and I think it's our job and what we get paid for, people want to come up have anything to say about it, grip at us or whatever they should have that right," Williams said. He says regardless of who was awarded the contract the collection rates were going to change. The contract with Shreveport was $1.3 million a year that included solid waste pickup, disposal and the management of the public service complex off Shed Road. Bossier officials say from the current $16 bill, half paid for garbage collection and the other half paid for environmental services like mosquito control. They say the increase in collection rate will go entirely to the new company republic waste. The new rates will cost residents an extra $8 a month for collection services. As it looks now republic will start collection in December, with collection days will remaining the same. Bossier residents fees will sit right at the top compared to others across the state. In Alexandria residents pay $21 a month for garbage service. Lafayette residents are charged about $25 a month with curbside recycling. Over in Monroe it's $7.50 with a $2 charge per extra bag. And in Lake Charles residents pay $15 a month.  Officials say the $8 increase will be enough to handle future increases under the contract without going back to citizens for a cost increase.

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