Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 9:55 a.m.
Council reaches compromise on high garbage pickup rates
Council has come to a compromise regarding a highly debated budget item: residential and commercial rates for garbage pickup in Clarence-Rockland.
The municipal council of Clarence-Rockland has made changes to the residential and commercial rates for weekly garbage bag and pickup. This decision is to accommodate home-based businesses that were getting the short end of the stick. Not only did they have to pay the large commercial rate, without producing as much garbage as larger businesses, they also had to pay the residential rate. Council has also decided to reimburse those who were affected last year.
The residential rate for garbage pickup will remain constant at $187.50 a year. Commercial properties with bags received a 30 per cent reduction, for a fixed rate of $400 a year. The rate for commercial properties that use bins is at $70 per ton with a minimum rate of $1000 per year. In addition, an amendment has been made to ensure that owners of home-based businesses will only be charged the commercial garbage pickup rate, and not also the residential rate.
Ten home-based businesses in Clarence-Rockland will be receiving a refund of $358.50 for the unjustly cost they paid last year. Having had to pay the residential and commercial rates, these home-based businesses were charged $758.50 for garbage collection. Now that the rate is fixed at $400, council unanimously decided to reimburse the difference.
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