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 2019 Proposed Rate Adjustments

Recycling and Solid Waste is committed to providing reliable service at the lowest possible rates.  

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Service Satisfaction – More Street Sweeping needed

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A recent survey indicated more than 90 percent of customers are satisfied with the collection services provided by the City. One service that needs improvement is street sweeping. The City is proposing to increase street sweeping service to once a month, February through October, instead of the current six-week schedule.  Street sweeping rates have not increased since 2009.  

 

Stewardship and Planning For the Future

Providing excellent service is only part of our Goal. RSW must also be good stewards of rate payer dollars. Here's how customer dollars are being spent:

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RSW implements a diligent financial planning process to ensure we meet new regulatory requirements and cover increased costs. The last rate increase for services was approved in 2015 with adjustments phased in over three years. Operational efficiencies have kept RSW from fully depleting reserves and allowed us to operate the last 18 months without any changes however looking forward five years, rates need to be increased. By law a utility must charge what it cost to provide services.

Five Year forecast table

Proposed Rate Adjustments

The proposed rate increase will help address

  • More processing restrictions and shrinking markets for recyclables mean increase costs to recycle vs recyclables being a revenue stream
  • New costs associated with securing long term yard waste and organics disposal for food waste collection starting in 2021
  • Increasing costs for solid waste operations, such as vehicles, maintenance, fuel and disposal fees
  • Labor cost increases
  • Landfill maintenance expenses

Five year fund table

What's Next and More Details

Rate workshops have been on going before the Utility Rate Advisory Commission. You can view the workshops and the commission agenda packets which provides further details on RSW financials and rates. 

The proposed rates will be presented at upcoming commission meetings on June 26th and August 28th 2019. The public is invited to attend and provide comments.  A formal rate hearing will likely occur in August. Customers will receive a notification by mail 45 days before the hearing.  Following the commission meetings and rate hearing, the final rate proposal will be presented to the Sacramento City Council in fall 2019. 

More information will be posted on this website as the rate setting process moves forward. Contact us at sacrecycle@cityofsacramento.org if you have questions about rates or services.