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Florence City council members remain deadlocked on landfill debate

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City council members can't come to an agreement on the Florence landfill issue. City council members can't come to an agreement on the Florence landfill issue.

It's a debate in the Shoals that has had a city council in deadlock for months.

Florence City council members can't agree on whether to open a new cell in the current landfill or to go to a transfer station. Time is running out and no comprise could be costly to the city and it's residents.

The proposal is to raise garbage rates by $5 which would increase the monthly fee from $12 to $17.

Due to the three to three deadlock vote by council members the city is forced to hire an outside company to haul the city's trash to a landfill in Mississippi.

A decision that will cost the city an estimated $80,000 a month for the next six months or until the council can strike a deal.

Mayor Bobby Irons said the budget is not equip to handle added costs for solid waste and has no choice but to ask the council to approve an increase in garbage rates to pick up the slack.

If the rates are approved they would take effect after the first of the year.

Mayor Irons said if the council goes into a deadlock on this item too, then the city will be forced to pull money from other areas to cover the costs.

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