Discussions on a proposed $4-a-month garbage-collection fee have been tabled until May 3 by the West Valley City Council.

The matter will be discussed at a 6 p.m. study session that day. Decisions concerning such topics are not made at study sessions but at regular council meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month.Costs of present garbage-collection services through Reliable Waste Systems are paid from city general funds. At a recent hearing the council heard public comment about the proposed fee and about how it would be collected.

Additional revenue is needed, city officials say.

About eight people spoke against the fee, and some five individuals spoke in favor. Some people spoke against the fee but for a property-tax increase. Most of those speaking against the fee are senior citizens.

Staff members told the council they are studying a number of options, including the possibility of free garbage collection for senior citizens. Methods of billing, such as through Utah Power & Light Co. notices, also are being studied.

Reliable Waste Systems now picks up garbage from single-family residences and duplexes but doesn't pick up refuse from businesses or apartment buildings. One issue raised at the public hearing is that businesses are subsidizing the cost of garbage collection, yet have to contract for their own collection.

City Manager John Newman said options are for the city to establish a fee, have no fee, increase property taxes or reduce services.