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City imposes commercial sanitation fee

Xavier Smith • Oct 6, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Lebanon commercial sanitation customers will see an increase in their monthly utility bills in the future as city officials imposed a new sanitation fee.

Lebanon officials cited the need to meet the demands of a growing community as reason for new fees in the city, including a $10 fee for commercial sanitation customers. The fee of $10 per cart will begin this month and will be on customers’ regular utility bill.

The city has about 550 business carts, according to its website, which could yield about $66,000 a year for the city. Lebanon Public Works director Jeff Baines said the collected money would go toward the operational expenses of the sanitation department, including manpower, trucks and landfill tipping fees. 

Business owners, as well as city residents, will also have another new fee aimed at stormwater that starts this month.

Residential properties will be billed at a rate of $1.50 or $2.50 per month, depending on the square feet of each lot. Non-residential properties will be billed $15-$600 per month on a graduated scale derived from the total impervious surface area on each parcel.

Stormwater runoff is generally defined as rainfall that drains off rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, roads, compacted soil, gravel and other surfaces that prohibit the rain from soaking into the ground.

Lebanon Public Works director Jeff Baines said the fee creation came from Environmental Protection Agency mandates and less money available in the city’s general fund for stormwater management.

The city hopes to collect about $1 million annually from the stormwater fees, with about $400,000 of that dedicated to federally funded mandates and the rest dedicated to stormwater management, including drainage projects and upkeep.

For more information on the commercial sanitation fee, contact the city’s utility department at 615-444-6300, or email sanitation.service@lebanontn.org.

For more information on the stormwater fees, or to report drainage issues, visit lebanontn.org, or call Lebanon Public Works at 615-444-3647, ext. 2325.

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