Despite a host of public opposition, increases in the garbage collection rate are heading to Madera County.
Madera County’s garbage collection rates were last adjusted four years ago and have not been adjusted for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since.
This created a problem for the county and the high costs associated with operating the landfills.
On Tuesday, the Madera County Board of Supervisors closed that gap by approving rate increases for garbage collection.
Supervisor Leticia Gonzalez said it was “not an easy decision”, but noted that “if no action is taken, it gets worse later on”.
The current Madera County waste collection fees are as follows:
- $55 per tonne for municipal solid waste
- $16.21 per tonne for clean wood waste
- $14.69 per tonne for clean green waste
With the new rates, non-contract tipping fees for landfills and transfer stations and flat rates will increase from the CPI to a maximum of four percent.
Tipping fees for municipal solid waste will increase by the CPI over the past three years for a total of 15.84%.
Tipping fees for wood waste and green waste will increase by the CPI from 2015 to 2022 for a total of 26.74%.
This brings the new rates, which are expected to take effect in July, as follows:
- $63.71 for municipal solid waste
- $20.54 for clean wood waste
- $18.62 for clean green waste
However, the rate increases won’t completely close the gap, as county staff indicated at Tuesday’s board meeting that the county will still have to roll over about $1.2 million into the next fiscal year. to cover landfill operating costs.
While rates are expected to rise, Madera County ratepayers will see a break — via a 1.47% recycling surcharge approved last year. The charge was removed due to a slight uptick in the recycling market.
Supervisors lay out road works supported by gas tax
California’s 2017 gas tax was passed to provide funding to repair and upgrade the state’s roads.
Madera County is expected to receive $6.7 million in fiscal year 2022-23.
These funds will result in seven projects in the county, according to a list provided by Madera County officials.
The seven projects will be under construction from October to June 2023 and will have a maximum lifespan of 25 years.
Avenue 7 will see two of its sections repaired. The section from Rd. 20 to Rd. 21 will undergo a complete reconstruction and the section from Chowchilla Canal Rd. 4,470 feet east of the Chowchilla Canal will be repaired.
Avenue 18 ½ of the way. 14 to Rd. 15 will also be repaired.
Rd. 23 also has two sections that will be repaired – from 7 ½ Ave to 8 Ave and from 9 ½ Ave to 10 Ave.
Route 28 ½ from Ellis St. to Harper Blvd. will be completely rebuilt, and the final project is to repair Rd. 200 from Mountain View Peak Rd. to Route 8082.
Gas tax funds will also be used to purchase a California Air Resources Board-compliant tracing rig.
Massive development gets green light for West Madeira
A planned new residential and commercial development is coming west of Madera.
The project, called The Villages at Almond Grove, consists of more than 1,800 acres adjacent to Madera generally bounded by 17 Ave. on the north, Rd. 22 on the west, the Fresno River on the south, and Rd. 23 and the path. 24 Eastern alignment.
The land, currently used for agricultural purposes, will be annexed to the city.
When developed, the property will house approximately 10,800 residential units, 2.1 million square feet of office and retail space, 164 acres of parks and recreational uses, and 55 acres of schools and other public facilities.
On Tuesday, the Madera County Board of Supervisors approved a tax sharing agreement with the City of Madera for the property. Under the agreement, the county will retain all of its base property tax revenue upon annexation and share the property tax increase with the city at a 50-50 rate.