Rate Studies – Feasibility Study of Alternatives, Hardee County, Florida

Hardee County is a relatively small, rural county in southern central Florida. The cost of its solid waste management system has increased substantially,  but the quantity of solid waste managed by the County has decreased.

SCS Engineers was hired by Hardee County to develop a pro-forma revenue and cost model to evaluate the alternatives for managing solid waste, and to make recommendations regarding the most cost effective, long-term solid waste management approach. The model allowed the County to consider the long-term impacts on personnel costs, capital funding, operation, maintenance, revenues and inflation.

The County concluded the most cost effective alternative, given its significant infrastructure investment and other long-term obligations, would be to expand its current landfill and maintain the County’s current operational structure.