Public Notice of Proposed Adjustment to Sanitation Services Users Charge

Posted on December 20, 2023


On August 1, 2023, the City of Santa Ana Council contracted Stearns, Conrad & Schmidt Consulting Engineers, Inc. (SCS) to conduct a Cost of Service Study for the Sanitation Enterprise.  The study identified a need for an adjustment, driven by inflation, increased service levels, and rising costs in street sweeping and other contractual services.

The Sanitation Services Users Charge – Sanitation Enterprise (Sanitation Fee) was established on June 17, 1991, by Ordinance (NS-2129) and has remained fixed since 1996.  The Sanitation Fee was reduced in 2017 and 2019 due to expense transfers and the current monthly rate is $5.35 per unit. Constituting 1% of the total City budget, the Sanitation Fee funds crucial daily services such as illegal dumping removal, roadway cleaning, street sweeping, sanitation inspection and enforcement, and weed abatement.

The proposed adjustment listed below is essential for the sustained delivery of on-demand sanitation services.

  1. Adjustment of the monthly Sanitation Fee from $5.35 to $11.72 per unit, effective July 1, 2024.
  2. Establishment of a 90-day fund reserve, maintaining approximately 20% of operating and maintenance expenses in alignment with the City reserve policy.
  3. Implementation of an annual adjustment of 3.5% to keep pace with inflation and operational costs.

The public hearing is scheduled for the City Council meeting on February 20, 2024, and will consider adopting a resolution authorizing the sanitation fee rate and future rate adjustments for a five-year period commencing July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2029.  If approved, the proposed 2024 rate will take effect on July 1, 2024, with annual adjustments through June 30, 2029.  Any additional increase, in any year, would require another Proposition 218 noticed public hearing and approval by the City Council.  For details on the proposed rates, and proposed changes, please refer to the full Prop 218 Notice.

The City of Santa Ana welcomes your participation and input throughout the Prop 218 process as the City Council deliberates on these rate adjustments.  Learn how you can be involved in this Prop 218 Notice to ensure your voice is heard.  We appreciate your engagement in shaping the future of our community’s sanitation services.

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