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Friday, 21 August 2015 12:12

Protest Ballots for Garbage Rate Hike Hit Mailboxes

Written by  Sabrina Rodriguez
Protest Ballots for Garbage Rate Hike Hit Mailboxes Sabrina Rodriguez/TurlockCityNews.com
Taking steps to raising garbage rates, the City of Turlock mailed out a notification to tenants and property owners receiving solid waste services to inform them of the garbage collection costs and a proposed rate hike of just over 9 percent.

Turlock residents and property owners will now have the opportunity to protest the increase if they so choose, by filling out and returning a mail ballot.

On several occasions, and most recently at the July 28 Turlock City Council meeting, Councilman Bill DeHart has expressed concern of an uninformed citizenship, even if government is following public notification laws and protocol.

“I’d like to see us somehow reinforce our efforts to ensure our populous are not just informed, but that they understand completely the ramifications of not responding,” said Councilman DeHart. “Silence in this particular case is consent.”

If the majority of those qualified to submit a ballot - 50 percent plus one - protest the rate hike, it cannot be implemented.

Turlock Scavenger is proposing a one-time increase that will last for the next five years, rather than a series of small rate increases over five years.

The just over 9 percent rate increase for the common residential customers would amount to $2.30 (9.16 percent) for customers with 32 gallon grey, 68 gallon blue, and 95 gallon green bins; $3.10 (9.37 percent) for customers with 64 gallon grey, 68 gallon blue, and 95 gallon green bins; and $3.60 (9.45 percent) for customers with 96 gallon grey, 68 gallon blue, and 95 gallon green bins.

Currently, solid waste customers pay $25.10, $33.10, and $38.10 per month, respectively, depending on the service. This would be a one-time increase for residential customers and would be set for the next five years.

If the rate increase is approved, it will be the first for the trash collection provided by Turlock Scavenger since 2003, about 12 years ago.

Courtesy of Proposition 218, all affected tenants and property owners in Turlock will be given the chance to express their opinion about the possibility of an increased garbage rate.

The ballot explains that an owner or tenant of property that receives City of Turlock solid waste service may protest the proposed increased service charges by submitting a written protest by mail or in person to the City of Turlock, City Clerk, 156 S. Broadway, Ste. 230, Turlock, CA 95380. This means that all written protests must be received (not postmarked) by the City before or up to the conclusion of the public hearing. The ballot also notes that any protest submitted by email or other electronic means will not be accepted.

Also, according to the ballot, “Each protest must (1) be in writing;
(2) state opposition to the proposed solid rate increase; (3) provide the location of the identified parcel (by assessor's parcel number or street address); and (4) include the original signature of the record owner or customer of record submitting the protest.”

Only one written protest per customer will be counted toward the protest.

On Oct. 13, the Turlock City Council will hold a public hearing where it will accept the counting of the mail ballots and vote on the rate hike. If the majority protest is not reached, Council will vote to either approve or deny the rate hike.

The Public Hearing will be held on Oct. 13 at 6p.m. at Turlock City Hall, located at 156 S. Broadway.


Related Articles:

Public Notification Process to Raise Trash Rates on Council Agenda

City of Turlock Could Raise Garbage Rates, Property Owners to be Notified with Option to Protest


Comments (34)

  1. Nobody cares

Nobody cares except the crazy owner who is anti government. There will only be 100 protest letters sent in or walked in like every other time rates have to be increased.

I remember the last rate increase this site tried to get people upset...

Nobody cares except the crazy owner who is anti government. There will only be 100 protest letters sent in or walked in like every other time rates have to be increased.

I remember the last rate increase this site tried to get people upset over. I seem to remember about 75 people cared. People on Facebook aren't serious people and all they do is complain about things.

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I think this is the owner of Turlock Scavenger's house. It doesn't look like he needs to take more people's money barely making it in this bad economy.

This is corruption at the highest level with government raising his rates for him and...

I think this is the owner of Turlock Scavenger's house. It doesn't look like he needs to take more people's money barely making it in this bad economy.

This is corruption at the highest level with government raising his rates for him and people can't do anything about going to another competitor.

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  1. What house?

What about the owner's house? Are you stalking?

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  1. No money!!!

Nobody will approve any more rates or taxes in this economy!!! We have no money to take!!!!

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  1. Everybody Protest

Please everybody protest

I make less than I did 12 years ago

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  1. Won't let me

I thought I put a picture in the comment. This site won't let me or they deleted it.

I saw it on the Bell real estate Facebook page when they posted houses in Turlock. It was big.

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  1. Email is better

The city of Turlock should let people email our protest.

I expect most anything coming in the mail to be junk mail like the magazine full of coupons. I threw my letter in the trash and after seeing this got it out.

I like what Council Man Bill...

The city of Turlock should let people email our protest.

I expect most anything coming in the mail to be junk mail like the magazine full of coupons. I threw my letter in the trash and after seeing this got it out.

I like what Council Man Bill Dehart said.

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  1. Scavenger owner's house

I found it and uploaded it for all to see. It doesn't look like Alan Marchant or Turlock Scavenger needs money.
http://imgur.com/YVfH3AN

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  1. Guest

Why doesn't Turlock accept outside bids other than Scavengers?

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They deserve an increase. This is a great family business that needs to raise salaries and make improvements like any other company. 12 years is forever when your rates are frozen. Scavenger does a great job for our community so lets keep the...

They deserve an increase. This is a great family business that needs to raise salaries and make improvements like any other company. 12 years is forever when your rates are frozen. Scavenger does a great job for our community so lets keep the money local.

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