MOORHEAD — Many fees will stay the same, although the Moorhead City Council gave initial approval on Monday night, Nov. 22, to slight increases in monthly garbage and wastewater fees and a larger forestry bump.

A few park and recreation fees were also raised, effective Jan. 1.

Final action on the fees will be required at the Dec. 13th meeting, along with the final overall city budget for 2022.

City Finance Director Jenica Flanagan said the garbage and wastewater fees will rise 2.5% for residences and businesses with the forestry charge up 4.6%.

The garbage fee for a 48-gallon tote will go from $9.79 to $10.04 per month, a 64-gallon from $12.17 to $12.48 and a 96-gallon from $17.21 to $17.64.

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Commercial rates will go from $40.62 for once a week pickup of one cubic yard to $41.64, with eight cubic yards rising once a week from $126.02 to $129.17. There are varying rates for the number of pickup days and cubic yards collected.

Building material charges dropped off at the transfer station will also increase.

For wastewater, the monthly residential customer charge will go from $20.52 to $21.03, with the amount of flow charge also increasing. Multifamily tenants and businesses pay the same.

The forestry charge will go from $4.32 per month for residential and rental unit customers to $4.52.

Residents can bring tree material that can be chipped to the city disposal site at no charge and there's no charge for branch pickups of 8-inch diameter or less.

Many recreation fees will stay the same, but some of the increases include:

  • Adult ice skating lessons: $55 to $60, with other age levels remaining the same.
  • Tennis lessons: Junior varsity and varsity from $52 to $55 and Pee Wee from $30 to $35 with beginners staying the same at $30.
  • Municipal swimming pool: Daily passes the same at $2.50 with individual season passes going from $40 to $45 and family season passes from $90 to $100.
  • Lifeguards: Certification is lowered from $170 to $100 as well as swimming instructor course from $180 to $50 in a move to increase recruitment.
  • Dance program: Fees were also reduced, but classes were shortened with the charge going from $80 to $30.
  • Moorhead Youth Baseball: Fees per team were raised from $159 to $180 with increases for use of fields for tournaments, too.
  • City golf courses: Green fees stayed the same, however, driving range fees were increased as well as for a frequent players card.