Inyo Supervisors approve new trash rates

By Deb Murphy

Inyo’s Board of Supervisors approved a new floor rate for commercial trash haulers at Tuesday’s meeting. Residential customers will be paying $30.15 a month to have their trash disappear weekly—a nearly 50-percent increase above the previous rate of $20.29.

The floor rate is purported to be the base rate haulers can charge but for the sake of competition between the two, the floor rate is the de facto rate.

More than a year ago, the Board approved an increase in fees for the two commercial haulers, Bishop Waste and Preferred Septic, from a gate fee of $90 per visit to $50 a ton. Trash trucks hold up to 10 tons. The County and the haulers have been negotiating new a franchise agreement, including a new floor rate, ever since.

The rate adjustment was based on a year’s worth of weighing both commercial and self-haulers at Bishop’s landfill. The results indicated self-haulers were paying significantly more per load than the commercial guys. The rate adjustments, as CAO Kevin Carunchio preferred to characterize the increases, were extrapolated from a self-hauler dropping off 200 pounds for $5. That fee stays the same, but will go up for deposits in excess of 200 pounds.

Based on that adjustment, the increase would have been close to $6 a month. The rest of the $10 increase resulted from inflation since the last rate increase in 2013, new diesel fuel taxes and a 10-percent increase in the haulers’ franchise fee.

Commercial operations with trash bins will also see an increase. According to Assistant CAO Rick Benson, the most common service is a 3-yard bin emptied weekly. The floor rate will go from $94.78 a month to $139.70 a month.

The good news, if you’re the County: the landfills have been operating at a $900,000 loss each year. The new rates, should reduce that deficit by 66-percent.

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BobK
BobK
5 years ago

You’d think they could give their rank and file employees a decent contract (raise) BobK

Trouble
Trouble
5 years ago

June bug, I agree we tax payers are getting short changed.,but saying our county employees are over paid is wrong in my opinion. Most of them are under paid and can’t afford to live here. Same goes with our poor teachers.

Junebug
Junebug
5 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I was referring to the big wigs who work for the county (admin and upper management). You are absolutely right the line workers for the county are severely underpaid.

Hank Hill
Hank Hill
5 years ago

Not to mention low balling county employees. The employees that actually work, not he ones that sit around raising taxes to pay for the $100,000. + per year salary. How about a 1% trash rate increase to mimic what you offered the workers that WORK for a living?

Junebug
Junebug
5 years ago

Weird… the county is saving a ton of money on closing the juvenile center, cutting a bunch of programs for Seniors, slacking on road maintenance, tons of vacancies which would have to mean tons of unspent salary money and etc…. yet all the big wigs are making $100,000+ and here… Read more »

No Bad Days
No Bad Days
5 years ago
Reply to  Junebug

It’s all about their Huge Pension Plans..