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April 24, 2014

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Commissioners delay action on possible garbage fee hike

Clark County commissioners today delayed a scheduled discussion about increasing garbage collection rates to help fund the closing of Sunrise Landfill.

Republic Services wants the commissioners to approve a rate increase to help the garbage company pay for an estimated $30 million in work that remains to properly close the old landfill on the valley's east side.

The county's attorneys have said commissioners can force Republic to pay for the work under a 1999 agreement with the company. Republic, however, contends that earlier agreements imply that a rate increase would help pay to close the dump.

Commissioner Chip Maxfield, who has kept the issue alive despite the opinion from county attorneys, said today that he needed more time to research those agreements before discussing the item.

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