There’s another rate increase waiting in the wings for Cambrians, this one for trash services.
Cambria Community Services District directors are expected Thursday, Sept. 25, to set an Oct. 23 public hearing for a 1.96 percent per month hike.
Mission Country Disposal (The Garbage Company) wants to increase its residential rates for dumping a 32-gallon waste wheeler once a week to $18.04 from $17.70, 64-gallon-a-week service to $36.08 from $35.40, and 96-gallon-a-week service to $54.12 from $53.10.
Most of the proposed increase, according to the firm, is due to higher operational expenses, including fuel and other vehicle costs, rising wages, landfill rates that increased by $2.25 per ton and higher costs from meeting more stringent state and federal regulations.
Rates for commercial service also would rise. The monthly cost for dumping a 1-yard dumpster once a week would rise to $60.60 from $59.46, while dumping a 3-yard dumpster five times a week would be $531.29 per month, up from $521.28.
Ratepayers recently received in the mail from The Garbage Company a notice of the potential raise in rates, along with details on how ratepayers can protest the increase through the state’s Proposition 218 process.
In general, according to the state’s Legislative Analysts’ Office website, the proposition “is to ensure that all taxes and most charges on property owners are subject to voter approval.” It is the same process through which the district raised water rates in September to pay for the nearly $9 million emergency water-supply project.
The district Board of Directors meetings Sept. 25 and Oct. 23 start at 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.