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BATAVIA – A city tax decrease will be more than offset by fees residents will now have to pay to arrange for garbage service, city officials said.

The two-month debate over the future of garbage collection in the city led recently to the Council voting to halt longtime municipal service. Many residents had urged the city to retain the city’s longtime contractor, Genesee ARC, as its vendor.

The tax decrease in the 2013-14 budget is $1.41 per $1,000 of assessed value – an annual savings of $125 to $150 for the average residence, city officials said.

ARC, which provided the municipal service for 28 years, will charge individual residences $263.40 per year, with three other potential vendors offering similar prices.

City officials said property owners must sign up with a vendor by June 1.

Or, they can take their refuse to one of two transfer and recycling stations outside the city.