Monrovia residents are seeing their higher trash bills arrive in the mail and - judging from comments on social media - are none too happy about it.
One resident writes to say he thinks it is a back-door way for the city to raise taxes since the agreement between the city and Athens gives the trash company an 18-year rolling contract in exchange for Athens giving the city rebates of $650,000 per year. The additional cost also gives residents additional services, which I outlined here: http://goo.gl/4BNXAi . You can see the city staff report on the agreement with Athens here: http://goo.gl/Krg4Hj .
Also, some of the cost increase is because of the adoption of Assembly Bill 1826, which requires an organic waste diversion program for businesses. You can see the bill here: http://goo.gl/FXIWF7
- Brad Haugaard