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      Costs might not go up if Keokuk customers reduce trash

      Garbage pickups may cost more for Keokuk residents soon.

      A proposal during last week's city council meeting could raise rates one dollar a month.

      The reason for the increase?

      The city wants to save enough money to buy new garbage trucks in the next several years, instead of having to make loan payments which would cost city taxpayers even more money.

      "And so what we have been planning to do, with a lot of capital improvements, is put money aside, and so the one-dollar increase would be to put money aside for a reserve account to pay for a new garbage truck," Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion said.

      The current garbage trucks went into service in 2008.

      The mayor says if all customers would reduce their trash by at least a half-pound per month, rates might not have to go up.