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Council trash vote Tuesday

Posted: May 26, 2008 12:50 a.m.
Updated: July 27, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Commercial and residential trash rates may go up nearly 4 percent in July if the City Council approves an amendment to the franchises for the two local trash haulers.

With council approval, the companies would be able to raise their rates up to 3.95 percent for one year beginning July 1.

Last year the council approved a 2.29 percent increase for both the companies.

Although businesses using large-scale trash services could see a noticeable difference in their bills, the rate increase would only mean an additional $8 per year for single family residences.

The standard service rate for a single family residence would be $17.28 per month. Businesses using a four-yard bin emptied five days a week would pay $402.48 per month, an increase that adds up to $180 per year.

Through their franchise agreements, Waste Management and Burrtec Waste Industries can request a rate increase based on a formula that looks at the yearly change in the consumer price index and producer price index provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, said Mark Patti, project development coordinator for the city.

This year's formula showed increased costs in fuel, labor and equipment between December 2006 and December 2007.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall at 23920 Valencia Blvd.


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