521-9. Fees and Rates for Collection, Disposal, Handling and Enforcement.
(a) The Board shall by ordinance set and charge fees for the disposal of solid waste and the collection and/or processing of source related materials at County owned or operated facilities and programs. The Board may, in addition, charge and collect fees and other charges from solid waste facilities operators or persons who conduct solid waste handling, consistent with the provisions of State or local law. The setting of fees and the increasing of existing fees shall require the Board to call and hold a public hearing, for which publication of notice shall be made by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code.
(b) The Board of Supervisors shall control the maximum rates which may be charged customers by the exclusive franchise holder, which rates, except as indicated below, shall not be increased without the holding of a public hearing, for which publication of notice shall be made by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code.
Rate changes which occur for the reasons set forth below, if authorized by a franchise agreement, may be implemented without action of the Board of Supervisors, if the total annual rate increase does not exceed eight percent (8%):
(1) Annual index-based adjustments;
(2) Changes in the franchise fee and/or the recycling percentage set forth in the franchise agreement;
(3) Changes in disposal and/or processing costs.
Such rate changes may be implemented by amendment to a franchise agreement, executed by the Franchise Contract Administrator. All other rate changes shall be approved by the Board of Supervisors, after the holding of a public hearing.
It is the policy of the Board of Supervisors to consider rate adjustment requests only on an annual basis. (Repealed and reenacted by Ord. 2696, § 2, 6/14/2022)