By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

NOLANVILLE – The City Council on Thursday rejected a request to increase the monthly garbage collection fee for residents.

Inland Service Corp. asked the council to approve a monthly fee increase of $2.51 per household. The increase would have raised monthly bills to $24.96.

The proposed rate hike would have covered the increase in fuel prices, Mayor James Cox said.

Council members, including Emma McCullough, questioned how much money that increase would generate in yearly revenues for Inland Service Corp.

"That is about $45,000," Councilman Skip Matthews said. "That is a lot of money just for fuel."

After looking through the city's contract with the collection company, McCullough asked if there was an Inland Service representative at the meeting. Seeing none, the council then moved to vote on the increase.

The council also decided:

To tap McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen PC for the collection of delinquent fines and fees.

To add a fee to the collection cost of fines.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7754.

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