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Quincy garbage fee up

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By Alice Du Pont

ALICE DU PONT
Times Editor
The City of Quincy’s budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 is a little less than $30 million, which is less than the previous year. Of that amount, approximately $7.9 million will be used to operate the general government.
There will be no increase in property taxes, and the millage rate will remain the same as the past fiscal year.
There will be an increase in garbage and sewage up to $29.13 monthly, but that rate is locked in for the next five years.
“There is an increase in trash (yard) pickup, which will go from $2 per month to $4 per month, which has not gone up since 1992,” said City Manager Jack McLean.
Because of a mandate from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that goes into effect Jan. 1, the city is required to find a way to dispose of its waste water. The price tag for the disposal is expected to be approximately $370,000 per year.
Also, McLean said the city will establish a rate stabilization fund to help its customers in case the price of electricity increases. The fund will be about $875,000.
Other items in the new budget include:
A $20,000 stipend for volunteer fire fighters.
Parks and Recreation will be fully funded to the tune of $440,813.
* Senior Citizens Council funded at $3,000.
* Community Action Agency funded at $5,000 for utility subsidy.
* Gadsden Arts Center funded at $3,000.
* Quincy Music Theater funded at $3,000.
* Redeemed, Inc., funded at $1,000.