Municipal officials last week discussed charging residents more for a permit required to bring garbage, recyclable materials, household and yard waste to a town facility for processing.
Right now, a Transfer Station sticker costs $40 per year, according to the Board of Selectmen.
Under a proposal that came before the Board during its regular meeting June 4, the fee would increase to $45 per household with a private hauler or $75 without.
Don Smith, assistant superintendent of solid waste in the New Canaan Department of Public Works, brought the proposal before the Board at the meeting, held in Town Hall.
Selectman Kit Devereaux noted that some families in New Canaan may have difficulty paying the increased fee.
“My memory from when we spoke about this last time is that it can actually cost more than $75 per household with the amount of trash that we bring,” she said. “Have we considered that there are some families in need?”
Smith said that the amount of garbage and recyclables generated often does raise the fee above the established amount, and added that the town can work with families who need financial assistance.
“If there is a family that has an issue with [the fee] they can go through Human Services,” Smith said.
Ultimately, Devereaux and First Selectman Kevin Moynihan voted 2-0 to table the item to the Board’s June 18 meeting. Selectman Nick Williams was absent. Moynihan said he didn’t realize the item was on the meeting agenda.
The Transfer Station section of the town website lists the fee at $45 not $40.