Elk Grove residents will be paying more to have their trash hauled away starting next week.
The city of Elk Grove will add $1.79 to each month of solid waste service starting on July 1. Each bi-monthly bill will have an increase of $3.58, according to the city's website.
Residents in the city's Storm Drain Zone 2–located mostly in the southwest area of Elk Grove–will also see a 31-cent increase in their storm drain fees.
The increase, which is the second of three annual hikes, was approved in 2010. $1.26 of the extra money will go toward funding the city's planned , while the rest will go toward Allied Waste, the company that hauls residential waste in Elk Grove. That company's contract with the city allows for "an annual adjustment to their rates ... based upon inflation of Allied primary inputs (labor, fuel, landfill fees, government regulatory fees and various county impact fees)," according to a city staff report from 2010.
Next year's increase will total $1.69 per month.
At the time when the increases were approved in 2010, Elk Grove had "the lowest solid waste service rates in the Sacramento region," according to a city notice. "The [three-year] increases will result in rates that are still below the regional average."
The increases were approved by a narrow margin in 2010, with City Council Members Sophia Scherman and Pat Hume opposed.
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