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GV council to consider trash collection fee hike at Tuesday meeting

Grass Valley residents can sound off about a proposed 3 percent increase in trash collection rates at the city council meeting tomorrow.

City staff recommends approving the increase in Waste Management’s service rate after the hearing.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grass Valley City Hall, 125 E. Main St.

Grass Valley City Councilmembers will also review $200,000 in mid-year budget cuts to city administration, police and public works.

Declining sales tax revenue is a major contributor to a $320,000 shortfall in the city’s $10 million budget. The cuts would reduce that deficit to about $120,000.

Most of the cuts come from minor reallocations, with funds shifted from one line item to another.

Adjustments to the budget include $50,000 less spending on police department salaries this year as the department temporarily leaves some spots vacant.

Other cuts include $10,000 less general funding in “outside services,” which includes pay for consultants, and a few thousand less in conference and training funds for city council, finance department and administrative staff, said Grass Valley Assistant Finance Director Deborah Sultan.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.

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