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Garbage rate increase, budget review on Grass Valley council's agenda


The Grass Valley City Council will review a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014/15 at its meeting today at 7 p.m. This overview is intended to give council members and their constituents an advance look at the process and current drafts of documents in preparation for the formal hearing, scheduled June 24.

The city will also consider a request from Waste Management to increase the rate paid by garbage customers based on the Consumer Price Index.

If approved, most customers will see their rates increase by 2 to 4 percent. For an average residential rate-payer with a 64-gallon trash can or “cart,” the monthly bill will go up by $1.13 starting July 1.

Waste Management will also seek to have passed a 9.56 percent disposal rate increase based on rising gate fees at the McCourtney Transfer Station, although it is unclear at this time how much that will affect monthly bills for residential users.

A similar increase was passed by the Nevada City Council on May 28.

The council will revisit the city’s Lighting and Landscape (L&L) districts. L&L districts are tools used by local governments to pay for improvements and services in public areas. Grass Valley will use the proceeds from the assessment to fund storm-drain maintenance and other administrative costs incurred within the boundaries of each district.

This particular resolution will place assessments on the county tax rolls for L&L districts in or around Morgan Ranch, Morgan Ranch West, Ventana Sierra, Scotia Pines and Whispering Pines.

Three of the five council members are stakeholders in those districts, but if all three were to recuse themselves, the two remaining council members would be unable to take action on the item due to lack of a quorum.

As in previous meetings, those three council members will have to draw straws to see which one remains behind to vote, despite any conflict of interest.

Readers can find this week’s agenda on The City of Grass Valley’s website.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, send emails to dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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