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Beaumont City Council to Consider Upping Sewer, Trash Costs

According to a staff report for the March 5 meeting, those increases would total nearly $10 a month: $1 more for trash, and $8.43 more for sewer.

*Editor's note: This story was updated at 8:30 p.m. to elaborate on reasons stated for the potential increases.

The Beaumont City Council will vote Tuesday on increasing the fees residents are charged for trash and sewer services.

According to a staff report for the March 5 meeting, those increases would total nearly $10 a month: $1 more for trash, and $8.43 more for sewer.

The staff report explains that since the last increases, more than five years ago, it's gotten more expensive to run the services.  Two main reasons are cited for the reason behind the potential increases: energy costs, which have gone up "from operating more lift station service areas," and inflation.

The city commissioned a study of current fees from 33 other agencies in the region, to see how Beaumont compares in cost.  

"The study found that 12 agencies of the 33 sampled in the region currently charge over $40 per month for sewer service," the staff report states.

Banning charges $19.11, fairly comparable to Beaumont's $21.25.  However, nearby Calimesa and Yucaipa each charge $40.43 per month, while Adelanto charges $61.06, according to the staff report.

That staff report further states that sewer fees haven't been increased in town since Dec. 2006, and that if rates were adjusted to reflect inflation since then, the cost would be greater than what staff is proposing.

"In order to fund projected increases in basic service costs and regulatory costs, the proposed resolution would authorize increasing sewer service charges for dwelling units and equivalent dwelling units in the city by $8.43 to $29.68 per month and as necessary thereafter for five years to keep pace with increasing operations and regulatory costs," the report prepared for council states.

As for trash fees, those haven't increased since Aug. 2007.  Before that, they were $18.50.  

"Since that time, the contract service costs and disposal costs have more than offset costs savings from operational efficiencies and a decline in residential disposal amounts due to recycling," the report says, adding that nearby Cherry Valley charges $26.20 per month for trash pick-up.

If approved, the higher fees for both items will be effective beginning July 1, according to the staff report.

What's more, council will have the authority to increase both fees as necessary for the next five years, "to keep pace" with increasing costs, the report says.

Time4change March 06, 2013 at 12:43 AM
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jenna March 06, 2013 at 01:24 AM
So, your (Beaumont City Council) reasons for charging more would be because other cities charge more? I mean, I am only making an assumption, but that's what I am seeing from this article.
Renee Schiavone (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 04:35 AM
@Jenna-- The first version of this story had left some of the details behind the request for an increase out (namely inflation and increase service costs), but I've updated the story to (hopefully) clarify some things.
Joe March 06, 2013 at 06:27 AM
I don't think trash service in Beaumont is like that in Cherry Valley. How many cans does each resident there get to use every month? Cherry Valley has three large container pickup each week, free large item pickups upon request, etc. Is it the same for Beaumont?
Libi Uremovic March 06, 2013 at 01:29 PM
'..."The study found that 12 agencies of the 33 sampled in the region currently charge over $40 per month for sewer service," the staff report states....' setting price based on area demographics is used for pricing a private sector service/product - not a public sector utility ... the law in cali states that public utility companies can not make a profit off the citizenry ...utility fees are only to cover the expense of the utility...
Inside Informer March 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Let's look at the statement "Nearby Calimesa and Yucaipa each charge $40.43 per month". ~ Both those cities are served by Yucaipa Valley Water District (as well as unincorporated parts of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties), so of course they have the same rate. ~ YVWD's fees have increase to the current rate after spending approximately $50 million in 2008 to expand capacity and treatment technology of their wastewater treatment plant. (also spent another $45 million in 2005 for the drinking water plant that connects to the state water project up north - though water is billed separately to sewer). ~Built the BrineLine (http://www.yvwd.dst.ca.us/index.aspx?page=109). This is the line that Beaumont was supposed to be partners in after the State mandated salt mitigation in the region. Beaumont baulked, (instead tried to "cheat" by dumping their sewer discharge into their drinking water aquifer) and Yucaipa moved on and downsized the line for cost. The project was at least $10 million dollars (I need to look this one up), but over $4 million came from grant money from the Bureau of Reclamation. ~YVWD Upgraded to Reverse Osmosis treatment at a cost of $5 million dollars to removed the above mention salts and discharge them down the brine line. ~YVWD Realizing they now produce virtually pure water after the R.O. process decided to keep that water in town instead of dumping down the creek.
Inside Informer March 06, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Renee, can you recover my "rejected" comments? They are a continuation of my comment below due to size restrictions. I suspect I entered them too fast or they were auto rejected because nobody else responded yet?
Judy Bingham March 06, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Last night,Castaldo told us that after a 3 hour talk with Joe Zoba, Manager of YVWD, that Urban Logic had served the City of Beaumont very well by not hooking into their brine line. Well, that is not what the State Regional Water Quality Control Board told Watermaster. So who are you going to believe "the propane salesman" or the Regional Board? The Regional Board regulates Discharge from Beaumont's "state of the art" WWTP, that once again needs an upgrade to the tune of 60.2 million and probably 5 million in yearly operating expenses. So who is the Public Works Department? Urban Logic Consultants who stole our money,can't be found, and now wants more $$$$$ to do what they should have done in the first place. Go City Council, Go Team Urban Logic !
Renee Schiavone (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 07:04 PM
@Inside Informer-- I just pushed them through... sorry about that filter! Let me know if that happens again...
Renee Schiavone (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 07:06 PM
@Joe, Waste Management has told me before that "Beaumont customers receive 2 pickups per year, up to 6 items." Customer Service phone number to call to schedule: 1-800-423-9986
Inside Informer March 07, 2013 at 01:15 AM
That $60.2 million is to build a desalination plant to remove the salts as mandated by the State. Beaumont could have partnered with YVWD for a fraction of that, but instead will incur the cost of the 60 million dollar plant AND 5 million a year to "operate it". A good part of that $5 Million will come from having to haul off the salts instead of sending them down the Brine Line.
Inside Informer March 07, 2013 at 01:17 AM
And just to rub it in a little further, guess where Beaumont is going to have to BUY water from to recharge their ground water supply? Yep, YVWD who tied into the State Water Project from Northern California. That's only if there is any "left over" water to be had.
Angelwings March 07, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Does the picture of the meeting, where they are all looking like they are laughing and having such a great time while they are deciding to charge us more money, make you feel a little aggrevated or even a bit Ticked-OFF after reading about all of this Beaumontgate stuff? Can someone please let me know where I might find these petitions or when these city officials are planning their next "spending planning" party or "public funds stealing" fiesta?

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