Auburn City Council Examines Options to Increase Solid Waste Rate [VIDEO]
Auburn City Council’s May 24 study session focused on the city’s housing action plan, environmental review, solid waste charges and the reinstatement of a services tax utilities of 1% belonging to public services.
Ordinance No. 6816 (Prescription information, look) regarding the city’s solid waste collection charges was discussed. The City of Auburn completed a competitive bidding process in 2020 and selected Waste Management as the City’s solid waste management service provider for the next ten years. Under the new customer contract
solid waste service and billing will be transferred to Waste Management.
A solid waste rate study was completed and the recommendation of three rate increases over a period of 27
one month period presented to the board.
- The first proposed tariff increase of 13.6% would take effect on October 1, 2021;
- The second proposed tariff increase of 14.2% would take effect on January 1, 2022; and
- The proposed final tariff increase of 13.6% would take effect on January 1, 2023.
The last increase in the city’s solid waste rate was on January 1, 2014.
Ordinance No. 6822 (information on the prescription, look) allowing the city to reinstate a 1% utility tax on its city-owned utilities to go to the Arterial Street Preservation Fund, which was inadvertently omitted during the 2021/2022 biennial budget process.
A presentation on the national law on environmental policy and environmental review (presentation, look) has been provided to the board. And finally, a document relating to the Housing Action Plan (information), under a grant from the state department of commerce, was presented (look here).