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Notice of public hearing concerning proposed changes to residential, multifamily, commercial, industrial, and construction, and demolition solid waste collection rates

Posted on April 28, 2022


Background

The City Council has previously determined the collection and disposal of solid waste in the City is a service to be performed by a private company, under an exclusive franchise agreement. The exclusive franchise agreement with Republic Services was approved by the City Council on August 17, 2021. The rates for solid waste collection services beginning July 1, 2022, special rate adjustments, and annual rate adjustments based on the rate adjustment methodology through June 30, 2027, are described in the franchise agreement and include rates for residential, multifamily, commercial, industrial, and construction and demolition services based on size of containers and frequency of service, as well as rates for specific services including bin rental and other related services, and compliance with State mandates.

Basis upon which the charges were calculated

Solid waste service rates were established through a competitive Request for Proposal process for solid waste collection services, which resulted in a City Council award of an exclusive franchise agreement to Republic Services. The new rates under the agreement, effective July 1, 2022, are intended solely for the operation and administration of the solid waste disposal and recycling services and programs implemented by the franchisee in accordance with the franchise agreement, City Codes and State law, as well as to cover programming, certain governmental fees, and franchise fees associated with providing solid waste service.

The public hearing will include consideration of adopting a resolution that will authorize solid waste rates and future rate adjustments for a five-year period commencing July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027. If approved by the City Council, the proposed 2022 rates included in Exhibit A will go into effect on July 1, 2022, including special rate adjustments in rate years two through four, and annual rate adjustments in rate years two through five, based on the methodology contained in the tables below.

Any additional increase requested by Republic Services that exceeds this methodology and the additional rate increase percentages below, in any year, would be subject to another Proposition 218 noticed public hearing and approval by the City Council.

The City of Santa Ana welcomes your participation and input throughout the Prop 218 process as the City Council considers these rate adjustments. In this Prop 218 Notice, learn how you can participate in the process and have your voice heard. The Public Hearing is scheduled for May 17, 2022.

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