As expected, refuse and recyclable collection rates have increased in Corry.

Corry City Council Monday unanimously approved an ordinance that raises rates 3.9 percent, or 60 cents per month. The new rate schedule goes into effect March 1.

Residential customers now will pay $15.95 per month, up from the current rate of $15.35.

Commercial customers will be assessed $17.25 per month, up from the current rate of $16.65.

Residential households in which all residents are 65 years of age or older will continue to receive a $2.50 discount. Those households now will be assessed a monthly rate of $13.45.

All residential property owners in the city are required to pay for garbage pickup. Small commercial-business owners and those who own larger units, like apartment buildings, have the option to pay for private trash-container collection.

Corry has about 2,500 residential refuse and recyclable customers and an additional 150 commercial customers.

The city is beginning the second year of a three-year $1,250,496 contract with Veolia Environmental Services. The contract expires Feb. 28, 2014.

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