Waste fee increase OK’d

No July 4 council meeting in observance of Independence Day

Waste fee increase OK’dBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

During its June 20 meeting, the Ridgecrest City Council approved a rate increase for solid waste services with Waste Management.

In March Waste Management requested a rate adjustment to compensate for the increased gas tax and costs associated with health care and the rising minimum wage. Consulting firm HF&F determined that the increase is in accordance with the city’s agreement, according to the staff report.

Residential users will see an increase of less than $1 a month – 62 cents ($12.7–13.32) per month for 35-gallon carts and 77 cents ($15.88–16.65) for 95-gallon carts. Commercial rates will increase from $291.19 to $302.29 per cubic yard and multifamily rates from $248.37 to $260.39 per cubic yard.

New rates are scheduled to take effect July 1. The increase in cost of service was already taken into account for the city’s approved 2018-19 budget.

Because the first Wednesday of July falls on Independence Day, council won’t meet again until the third Wednesday of the month, July 18, 6 p.m. at City Hall. For more information visit ridgecrest-ca.gov/ridgecrest-city-council.

Story First Published: 2018-06-29