The new system will begin October 1, 2020. There were many factors that led to the decision to add the monthly fee to water utility bills and to eliminate trash decals. The cost of trash collection and disposal has risen steadily over the years, from fuel to equipment to personnel. Costs also increased once the landfill at Concord Turnpike closed and the trash had to be taken to the regional landfill in Rustburg. In addition to increased costs, a study showed that many cities have moved away from the use of decals and added a fee to existing utility bills instead. This will hopefully be a convenience to residents who will no longer have to purchase decals.