City staff say it’s time for the city to end the daily garbage business, which it launched in October.
In a memo released Thursday, the mayor said the city is now in the midst of a $4-million budget review and is facing a $25 million deficit.
The council voted to extend the closing of the daily service until March 31, 2020.
It will cost the city $3.6 million to implement the change.
The memo said the plan is “not meant to impose additional costs on residents or businesses.”
A city report released this week showed that there are no long-term savings to be found in closing the daily services.
Staff said the closure could save about $1.3 million a year in garbage collection and collection rates.
The memo also noted that the closure of the service could hurt local businesses and that the city would need to find a new way to pay for the services.
“We have the ability to close the daily collection service without impacting the other services, and we are in the process of developing a strategy to accomplish that,” the memo said.
In a statement Thursday, city staff said the daily operations are now part of the citywide garbage management plan, and will continue to operate until March 2020.
The city said it would work with the local recycling program to transition the collection and disposal of trash to recycling.
The city has said it will offer a fee of up to $20 a month to encourage recycling.