Refuse rate surcharge on private streets discriminatory
Original post made by natalie fisher, Midtown, on Sep 8, 2010
To avoid the surcharge, a majority of ALL utility customers city-wide must write letters to the city clerk before the Sept. 20 hearing protesting the refuse rate increases. If only a majority of those affected by the surcharge protest, that is insufficient. The city clerk says that a majority of all utility customers would have to protest in writing. The rate increases for everyone and those for private street residents are considered ONE item, not two.
At least some of the private streets are not hard to serve. They are a little narrower than the public streets and smaller trucks are used. My street and a neighboring one, for examples, are short, flat, straight cul-de-sacs off of Middlefield Road. The collector for my street says it is not at all difficult to serve. The city is going after residents of private streets, who already have to pay out of pocket for any maintenance of the roads and trees, for more money. The "hard to serve" claim is a red herring. The city and GreenWaste just want an excuse to increase revenues. This surcharge is discriminatory and I hope a majority of utility customers will write protest letters on the refuse rate increases, even if most are hardly affected personally.