Zachary residents will have to pay $1 more on their monthly garbage collection bills starting the next billing cycle, after the City Council on Tuesday agreed to raise the rates.
Mayor David Amrhein said Waste Management, the company the city has a contract with for garbage collection, began charging the city more for its services about 60 days ago.
The higher price tag comes after the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics increased the Consumer Price Index, which is a measure for inflation.
In other business, the council adopted the 5 percent hotel occupancy tax that voters approved in the Oct. 24 election.
Amrhein said he expects the tax to raise about $135,000 to $140,000 annually that will be earmarked for improvements to the Zachary Youth Park and other recreational opportunities.
Zachary has two hotels: a Best Western and a Holiday Inn Express and Suites, both on La. 19.
The tax will be levied starting in January.
The council also approved a motion to begin construction of the Cherry Boudreaux Memorial Garden, which honors Boudreaux, a former member of the Zachary Beautification Committee who died about a year ago.
Sharon Phillips, a member of the Beautification Committee, said the garden will be on city property next to the Zachary Railroad Depot on Main Street. Phillips said $30,000 has been secured through private-public partnerships to fund construction.
Plans include a garden near an existing tree, a walking trail and a sundial ornament that the Boudreaux family has commissioned.
“It will be a beautiful area, and it will definitely enhance our city property. I think it will be a plus,” Phillips said, adding that it could draw more traffic to the historic depot.