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Homeowners Should Protest Solid Waste Rate Hikes

The city of Glendale just released a second version of the proposed increase of solid waste rates. On Jan.10, the Council withdrew the first version and indicated that all protests and suggestions would be taken into consideration in drafting the revised proposal. This did not happen; in fact, the city of Glendale doubled-down.
The proposed rates in the second proposal actually increased from the original 358% to 387%.
City officials claim the rate is justified because there have been no rate increases in 12 years. However, the California Consumer Price Index has risen only 42% in the last 12 years.
Unless “a majority of Glendale homeowners” protest, Glendale’s solid waste rates will almost quadruple over the next four years, starting on July 1 with a 176% rate increase to a 387% increase by 2027.
All Glendale homeowners: Please take the time to file a protest in order to stop this proposed quadrupling of YOUR Glendale solid waste rates.

HOW TO PROTEST THE PROPOSED RATE INCREASE:
Written protests regarding the proposed new solid waste rate increase may be mailed to: City of Glendale, City Clerk, 613 E. Broadway, Room 110, Glendale, California 91206. Written protests may also be personally delivered to the City Clerk at this address. To be valid, a protest must be in writing and received (not postmarked) by the City Clerk prior to the close of the Public Hearing on June 6. Oral, telephonic and e-mail protests will not be accepted. Because an original signature is required, emailed, faxed and photocopied protests will not be counted. Oral comments provided at the Public Hearing will not qualify as a formal protest unless accompanied by a written protest.
In order for a formal protest to be valid, it must:

  • Be in writing
  • Be received by the City Clerk before the June 6 hearing
  • Contain parcel(s) description with the APN (Assessor Parcel Number)
  • Property address
  • Statement protesting the rate increase
  • Name and signature of property owner or rate payer
  • Mailed or delivered in person to 613 E. Broadway, Room 110, Glendale 91206
    In addition to a written protest, please attend and protest to the City Council in person. The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chamber.

Richard Lee
Glendale

First published in the May 20 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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