Norwalk residents to get 13% trash rate increase, business rates frozen – Whittier Daily News

Garbage fees remain the same for businesses in Norwalk after the city hits an agreement with Athens Services, but residents will still receive a more than 13% increase under the new rates the city council approved on Tuesday.

Council members thanked Athens for agreeing not to increase corporate tax rates and justified the monthly increase in housing costs from USD 16.75 to USD 18.90 and for seniors from USD 4.19 to USD 4.94.

“The housing rate is still lower than in many neighboring communities and, without a doubt, the services you have provided over the past two years really deserve this rate,” said Councilor Margarita Rios.

According to a city survey, Norwalk’s new rate is below 10 neighboring cities, including Whittier at $ 24.62, La Mirada at $ 23.29, Downey at $ 23.17, and Santa Fe Springs at $ 22.91.

However, Norwalk’s existing commercial monthly rate for a 3-yard trash can serviced once a week of $ 197.65 remains the eighth highest among the same 10 cities. Only La Mirada ($ 198.13) and Santa Fe Springs ($ 214.58) have higher rates.

Athens had proposed raising commercial prices to $ 209.51.

Mayor Jennifer Perez thanked Gary Clifford, Executive Vice President of Athens, for the same interest rates for Norwalk companies.

“I appreciate your partnership, willingness and commitment to our company and all commercial customers in our city,” said Perez.

Athens, which has served Nowalk since May 2018, had proposed its increase due to the closure of its Commerce incinerator and the reduction in operating hours of its Long Beach incinerator. It was the collapse of the recycling market as a result of China’s new restriction on recycling imports, raising the state minimum wage and significantly increasing household waste, bulky goods and illegal dumping, said Norwalk City Manager Jesus Gomez.

There was opposition – the city received both proposed rate increases via email from residents and businesses.

“This is not the time and I do not want my bill to increase,” wrote Sharon Thomas-Clark.

“Many of us in this city are affected by the current pandemic and are watching every dollar, every penny that goes into our basic needs, including utilities. A detailed discussion of the residents has not taken place and is required before this recommendation is approved. “

The Athens Convention was also amended in other ways:

  • The contract has been extended for two years to July 31, 2028, and the city has the option to extend the contract for an additional five years.
  • Athens is paying the city $ 50,000 to meet the administrative costs of meeting state requirements that every city in California must divert at least 50% of its waste from landfill, whether through waste reduction, recycling, or otherwise.
  • Athens will no longer have an office in Norwalk, but will pay the city $ 50,000 annually for customer service from the City Hall.

Councilor Ana Valencia said she was happy to extend the contract because Athens is doing a good job.

“I am very happy with the service we have received,” said Valencia. “When I have picked up bulky items, there is nothing but absolute professionalism.”

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