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Hike In Bin Dispoal Fee Looms In Artesia


Higher trash bin fees heading to Artesia.

Higher trash bin fees heading to Artesia.

By Rico Dizon

A proposed ordinance that will raise the single family residential monthly fee for the collection and disposal of garbage from the existing $22.01 to $22.71 effective July 1, 2013 was approved 4 to 1 for second reading by the Artesia City Council during its regular meeting of May 13, 2013

For mobile home park units, the increase is from $19.72 to $20.35.
The proposed 3.17% increase in residential garbage collection represents comes on top of the previous increase rate that took effect two years ago in 2011. “The rate changes every two years and is primarily based on the prevailing Consumer Price Index,” said Mayor Sally Flowers. Four of the five-man City Council voted “yes” with Council Member Miguel Canales solely abstaining as Ordinance No. 13-794 moves to second reading and adoption for next City Council meeting on June 10, 2013.
The City annually collects refuse and disposal charges from residential properties within the City using the County property tax bills. Pursuant to law, the City caused a written report to be filed with the City Clerk which contains a description of each single-family residential parcel and mobile home park unit receiving refuse collection and disposal services and the proposed amount of the charge for each for fiscal year 2012-2013. The City prepared a notice of public hearing that was published twice, April 26 and May 3, 2013, by Cerritos Community News. Republic Services which is the current contracted garbage-collector, prepared and mailed to all residential parcels of the tax roll a notice of proposed changes and public hearing on or before March 25, 2013.
At the public hearing, the City Council must hear and consider all objections or protests to the proposed report. Unless a majority of the residential property owners within the City protest the charges of the placement of the charges or the placement of the charges on the tax roll, the City may then adopt an ordinance directing the Deputy City Manager/Finance Officer to submit the charges to the County Tax Collector for collection on the property tax roll. The charges must be submitted to the County Auditor no later than August 10, 2013.
During the public hearing conducted last May 13, only Margaret Saito, the lone crusader for her community, spoke out. “It only gets worse than better,” she voiced out.

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