MILTON —  The Milton City Council is considering a sanitation tipping fee increase.

If city leaders approve the ordinance, a rate increase will affect city customers beginning Nov. 1. 

On Jan. 4, the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners passed a sanitation tipping fee increase — from $32 per ton to $40 per ton — over five years.

For city residential customers currently paying $16.30 a month for one can, if passed, the rate will increase $.39 cents to $16.69. The tipping fee increase also applies to commercial accounts. The resolution also increases tipping fees each of the next four years beginning in 2018. 

“Tipping fee increases directly increase City of Milton sanitation franchise expenses,” said George Rials, public works director. “Accordingly, these increases will be reflected in our sanitation rates.” 

Sept. 29 will be the first reading of the ordinance; the second reading will be Oct. 11 for the Milton City Council. 

The Santa Rosa County Central Landfill is owned and operated by Santa Rosa County. All waste and refuse generated in Santa Rosa County must be deposited in the central landfill.