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Rate adjustment: City of West Plains updates refuse rates

For the first time since 2012, the City of West Plains has raised its refuse rates. The West Plains City Council approved the change, from $10.50 per month to $13.00 per month, during the May council meeting. The $2.50 adjustment can be seen on June utility bills.

The city’s refuse rates remain lower than out-of-town refuse services and multiple other municipalities.

“Our refuse department budget was in the negative,” said Public Works Director Jeff Hanshaw. “Following the rate adjustment, it’s in the positive and covers our administrative costs.”

Prior to the adjustment, the refuse department budget was negative $159,913, now it is positive $63,958.

You can learn more about the city’s refuse collection by visiting or by calling City Hall at 417-256-7176.

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