January 23, 2013

Livingston garbage rates set to increase

In a special meeting this week, the Livingston City Council voted 4-1 to start the process to raise garbage rates by approving the Proposition 218 process.

Mayor Pro Tem Gurpal Samra voted against the item Tuesday because he thought the process should have begun at a regular meeting.

As part of the Proposition 218 process, notices will be sent to property owners and tenants, who can protest the increases. If more than 50 percent protest, a rate hike would be rejected.

The notices will go out Feb. 1 with utility bills, said City Manager Jose Antonio Ramirez.

Late last year, the council selected Gilton Solid Waste Management as the city's waste hauler.

Though exact rate increases aren't available, city officials expect them to total a few dollars per property, depending on the number of cans. The exact increases will be included in the notices.

Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or

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