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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Northborough hikes the cost of trash

NORTHBOROUGH

Northborough selectmen last night raised trash bag fees 20 percent, hoping to cover part of an expected $250,000 shortfall in the trash disposal budget for fiscal 2008.

The board voted 3-2 to increase the cost of small bags from $1.25 to $1.50 and large bags from $2.50 to $3. The increase is expected to go into effect Jan. 1.

Town Engineer Frederic E. Litchfield Jr. told selectmen that a 48 percent fee hike was required to cover new rates at the Wheelabrator incinerator in Millbury.

Selectmen Jeff Amberson and William Pantazis voted against hiking the bag fee; in the past, they have favored a tax override to help cover trash costs.

-- Carolyn Kessel Stewart

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