Auburn City Council Examines Options to Increase Solid Waste Rate [VIDEO]


The Auburn City Council study session on May 24 focused on the city’s housing action plan, environmental review, solid waste charges and the restoration of a service tax. 1% on city-owned utilities.

Ordinance No. 6816 (Info, watch ordinance) relating to the city’s solid waste collection fees was discussed. The City of Auburn completed a request for proposals process in 2020 and has selected Waste Management as the City’s solid waste management service provider for the next ten years. Under the new contract customer
solid waste service and billing will be transferred to Waste Management.

Rate increase:

A solid waste rate study was completed and recommended three rate increases over a period of 27
monthly 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.

More taxes?

Ordinance No. 6822 (information on ordinance, watch) allowing the city to reinstate a 1% utility tax on its city-owned utilities to go to the Arterial Street Preservation Fund, which was omitted by inadvertence during the 2021/2022 biennial budget process.

A presentation on the law on state environmental policy and environmental review (presentation, monitoring) was presented to the board. And finally, a document related to the Housing Action Plan (information), as part of a grant from the State Department of Commerce, was presented (see here).


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