The Solid Waste Fund is an enterprise fund that finances and accounts for the cost of providing residential and commercial refuse service. Enterprise funds are self-sustaining similar to business-type activities funded by user charges and are not funded by any general fund taxes. The Solid Waste department has not had a rate increase in eleven (11) years. Service levels have been maintained over the years despite increases in expenses. Landfill fees the City pays to dispose residential and commercial refuse and yard debris increased 28.5% over prior year. As a result of increased expenses a minimal increase in rates is necessary at this time.