The City of Bristol is fully committed to addressing and resolving challenges at the Bristol quarry landfill in an environmentally sound manner. Estimated at more than $60 million, the costs associated with this project are staggering and the city continues to explore all funding options to minimize the impact on our residents. On Tuesday, March 28, 2023, City Manager Randy Eads presented his budget to the Bristol City Council. It included increases on the City’s real estate, lodging, and meals taxes, and a rate increase on trash collection fees. Even with these proposed increases, the Solid Waste Disposal Fund budget will remain unbalanced.
In addition to local funding, the city is aggressively pursuing state and federal financial support. The state budget, which includes a request for $12 million in funding for the landfill, remains in limbo, but lawmakers could return to discuss the proposal sometime this spring. Additionally, the city is seeking over $50 million in Congressionally directed spending be allocated for Bristol in the federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 appropriations bill. Local lawmakers and business leaders have submitted letters supporting these funding requests.