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Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Solid Waste Rate Increase

Notice of Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Solid Waste Rate IncreaseMission Country Disposal Solid Waste Rate Review

There was 3983 proposition 218 letters sent to owners. So 50% would be 1992 +1 property owners.

This notice is intended to inform you that Cambria Community Services District ("District") will hold a public hearing regarding rate increases (the "Proposed Rate Increase") proposed by Mission Country Disposal for properties and customers receiving solid waste, recycling, and green waste services within the District. The Proposed Rate Increase will be considered by the District Board of Directors ("Board") at the date, time, and location specified below. Consistent with the requirements of Proposition 218, this notice also provides you with the following information:

  • The Date, Time, and Place of the Public Hearing;
  • The Reason for the Proposed Rate Increase; and
  • The Basis for the Proposed Rate Increase; and
  • The Majority Protest Procedures.

The Public Hearing for the Proposed Rate Increase within the District limits will be held on:

Date: October 10, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 1000 Main Street Cambria, CA 93428

At the Public Hearing, the Board will consider all public comment in support of and in opposition to the Proposed Rate Increase and whether or not a Majority Protest exists pursuant to the California Constitution. If approved, the Proposed Rate Increase would become effective on October 11, 2019.

Reason for the Proposed Rate Increase

The Proposed Rate Increase (amounting to an increase of 25.31 percent for solid waste, recycling, and green waste services) is necessary for Mission Country Disposal to continue to provide safe, environmentally sound, and reliable solid waste, recycling, and green waste collection, transportation and disposal or processing services to the citizens of the District. Several factors have contributed to these increased costs, including, but not limited to: the rising costs associated with the process of recycling material, increased costs associated with purchase, operation and fuel for vehicles, increased labor costs, and costs associated with the implementation of an Organics Program mandated by California Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826). AB 1826 requires local jurisdictions to develop a program to divert organic waste from landfills to an authorized composting facility. Organic waste is food waste, green waste, landscape, and pruning waste, and nonhazardous wood waste.

Basis of the Proposed Rate Increase

The total Proposed Rate Increase of 25.31 percent is based on the following cost increases incurred by Mission Country Disposal:

  1. 4.83 percent of the Proposed Rate Increase is based on increased vehicle costs that include costs for new equipment, maintenance of vehicle fleets to stay current with the California Air Resources Board rules and regulations, fuel, and increased labor costs.
  2. 13.91 percent of the Proposed Rate is based on the net result of increases to the cost of operations.
  3. 0.42 percent of the Proposed Rate Increase is based on the implementation of an Organics Program mandated by the State of California.
  4. 6.15 percent of the Proposed Rate Increase is related to the cost to process recyclable materials.

In addition, commencing on January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, rates shall be increased based on the following:

  1. Increases, if any, in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers based on the All U.S. City Average, Bureau of Labor Statistics for the month of June 2019 for January 1, 2020 and June 2020 for January 1, 2021. 
  2. Increases of 0.85 percent on January 1, 2020 and 0.82 percent for January 1, 2021 for increases in the cost of landfill disposal.

A copy of the 2019 Base Year Rate Adjustment Application, which provides additional information on the proposed rate increases, is available at the District office located at 1316 Tamsen Street, Suite 201 Cambria, CA 93428.

How Do I Protest the Proposed Rate Increase?

Pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII D of the California Constitution, the following persons may submit a written protest against the Proposed Rate Increase to the District Clerk before the close of the Public Hearing referenced above.

  • An owner(s) of property (parcel(s)) receiving solid waste, recycling, and green waste services within the District limits. If the person(s) signing the protest, as an owner, is not shown on the last equalized assessment roll as the owner of the parcel(s) then the protest must contain or be accompanied by written evidence that such person signing the protest is the owner of the parcel(s) receiving services; or
  • A tenant(s) whose name appears on Mission Country Disposal's records as the customer of record for the corresponding parcel receiving solid waste, recycling, and green waste services within the District limits (tenant-customer).

A valid written protest must contain a statement that you protest the Proposed Rate Increase, the address or Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) of the parcel or parcels which receive solid waste, recycling, and green waste services, and a signature by either the owner or the tenant-customer of the parcel or parcels. One written protest per parcel shall be counted in calculating a majority protest to the Proposed Rate Increase subject to the requirements of Section 6 of Article XIII D of the California Constitution. Written protests will not be accepted by e-mail or by facsimile. Verbal protests will not be counted in determining the existence of a majority protest. To be counted, a protest must be received in writing by the District Clerk before the close of the Public Hearing referenced above.

Written protests regarding the solid waste rate increase may be mailed to:

Cambria Community Services District

Attn: District Clerk

P.O. Box 65 Cambria, CA 93428

Written protests may also be personally delivered to the District Office located at 1316 Tamsen Street, Suite 201 Cambria, CA 93428.

If valid written protests are presented by a majority of owners and/or tenants-customers of parcels receiving solid waste, recycling, and green waste within the District limits then the District will not adjust/increase the rates for the services.