Elk Grove City Council trims rate increase for trash pickup to 2.4 percent

Published: Friday, May. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 12, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Residents will see their garbage fees increase an average of 2.4 percent starting July 1 under rates approved late Wednesday by the Elk Grove City Council.

That's a smaller increase than the 9 percent hike the council previously slated for the upcoming fiscal year.

For the average Elk Grove homeowner, bimonthly garbage bills will increase from $49.82 to $51.02, according to the city.

Elk Grove staff were able to propose a smaller hike after determining they could rely less on ratepayers for the Special Waste Collection Center expected to open in the fall, said Andrew Keys, the city's accounting manager.

The center will collect common hazardous household waste such as pharmaceuticals, batteries and cleaners. It will be on a new road the city will call Disposal Lane near Grant Line Road and Highway 99.

Council Member Patrick Hume said he asked city staff to revisit the fees when they were raised earlier, in hopes that a reduction was possible.

"Even though it's an increase, it's less than it was," he said.

Call The Bee's Brad Branan, (916) 321-1065. Follow him on Twitter @bradb_at_sacbee.

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