SOUTH SALT LAKE — Residents here could be charged garbage collection fees for the first time ever.

City officials have been thinking about instituting the fees since late May, when the City Council learned it would be forced to dip into reserves to cover $150,000 in expenses for the upcoming budget year. The city holds nearly 15 percent of its annual budget in reserve for emergencies, the most state law allows.

The idea was pushed by council member John Weaver, who believed he could find hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings in the city budget.

The City Council will hear details about the trash and recycling proposal at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at 220 E. Morris Ave. Details about the cost to residents have not been made public, but last year South Salt Lake spent $225,000 on trash collection.

This year, under a new contract with Ace Disposal, costs to the city have increased about 9 percent, said city finance director Kyle Kershaw.