Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Paul S. McCulla, County Administrator

October 8, 2009

Staff Lead:


Ari J. Sky, Director

Office of Management & Budget


A Resolution Directing the County Administrator to Schedule a Public Hearing to Consider an Ordinance to Establish a Countywide Recycling Fee

Topic Description:

During the FY 2010 budget process, the Board of Supervisors included $366,000 additional revenue in the adopted budget in anticipation of a recycling fee.  This new fee is intended to recoup  the recycling expenses associated with the operation of the County’s solid waste convenience sites by applying a surcharge on residents and businesses. 

Staff provided an update to the Board on potential scenarios for implementing the recycling fee during a September 10, 2009, work session.  During the work session, Board members directed staff to prepare a draft ordinance establishing a fee structure that would allow the imposition of a three-tiered fee applying to improved properties with assessments equal to or exceeding $10,000.  The fee would be set for single-family residential, multi-family and commercial and industrial properties.  The attached resolution would authorize the County Administrator to schedule a November 12, 2009, public hearing on the proposed recycling fee.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

The recycling fee would be implemented in coordination with Tax Year 2010 and would be included as a separate fee on residents’ Spring 2010 tax bills.  Rates of $19 for single-family properties, $33 for commercial and industrial properties, and $47 for multi-family properties would be estimated to generate $452,000 in FY 2010, which would be sufficient to offset recycling program expenses in the current fiscal year.


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Commissioner of the Revenue
County Attorney’s Office
Department of Environmental Services
Finance Department
Department of Information Technology
Treasurer’s Office

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