12. Why a 25-year agreement? Why not 10 or 15?

Rates for 10 to 15 year agreements were unsustainable and would come with severely high cost burdens to the residents and the committee found that unacceptable. With SB1383, major investments will be required to meet State mandates and recover costs for initial investments. A longer agreement allows large initial capital costs associated with the new agreement services, including unfunded SB 1383 state mandates, to be spread out over a longer period of time.

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1. 1. Why are my trash rates changing?
2. 2. Is SB1383 a State mandate?
3. 3. When will residents and businesses be required to separate organic waste?
4. 4. When will the new trash rates go into effect?
5. 5. What will my new trash rate be effective October 1, 2022?
6. 6. What new services are residents entitled to?
7. 7. What new services will benefit the community under the new franchise agreement?
8. 8. Can Athens automatically assign or sell off this agreement to another hauler?
9. 9. How do I protest?
10. 10. Is there an opportunity for public comment?
11. 11. What happens if 51% of property owners oppose the Prop 218 process?
12. 12. Why a 25-year agreement? Why not 10 or 15?
13. 13. How will the City ensure high customer service levels?
14. 14. How will the City ensure rates stay relatively low compared to other cities?