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Supervisors: County residents to pay overdue rubbish collection fees with property taxes

 

Last updated 7/18/2018 at 11:02am

RIVERSIDE -Riverside County supervisors Tuesday authorized special assessments totaling $2.68 million to be imposed on thousands of county residents' property tax bills for unpaid trash collection fees.

The 5-0 vote followed a brief public hearing in which three people challenged their refuse pickup charges from the county, prompting the Board of Supervisors to exempt those residents from the delinquency list, providing them time to resolve their issues with the Department of Environmental Health.

According to the agency, roughly 6,400 residents in unincorporated communities still owe the county's four waste haulers for rubbish pickup and disposal services in 2017. Amounts range from just over $100 to as much as $2,400, according to the special assessment roll.

Environmental Health Director Steve Van Stockum requested the hearing for the board to approve the assessments, which will now be tacked onto delinquent payers' property tax bills.

"The regular removal of solid waste from residential properties is a basic sanitation practice that protects both the environment and the public,'' Van Stockum said. "The mandatory collection of solid waste and the payment for the collection is critical.''

In addition to recouping overdue fees, the county will apply an additional $74 per parcel charge to delinquent bills to cover the cost of public noticing and county staff time.

The charges will appear on property tax bills mailed by the county Office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector in October.

 

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