Solid Waste Benefit Charge
After a Public Hearing on May 10, 2005, and effective January 26, 2006, the Board of County Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 06-05-401, adopting a Solid Waste Benefit Charge (also known as a System Benefit Charge). Ordinance 08-13-489, approved on May 21, 2008, adopted rates for FY09 (July 2008- June 2009), FY10 (July 2009- June2010) and FY11 (July 2010- June 2011). The definitions of multi-family residential buildings and single family dwelling units were further clarified in Ordinance 9-10-514, approved April 28,2009.
The establishment of this charge, in addition to the current Landfill Tipping Fees, allows the Department of Solid Waste to function as a true enterprise fund within the County government. Enterprise funds are fully self-sustaining through charges and fees and receive no general fund tax dollars.
This charge is an annual charge to be included on the County’s taxes and fees bill. The bill will show the assigned waste Generator Category (Single Family or Multi-family for residential and Low, Medium low, Medium, Medium high or High for non-residential), the number of billing units and the approved rate per billing unit for the assigned generator category.
Within the yearly designated appeals period, the property owner or duly authorized agent of a non-residential property may file an appeal to either the Generator Category or number of billing units. County tax bills are sent out in July of each year: the appeals period will remain open until September 30, 2014, and is valid for requests regarding the current year’s bill only.
To see basic details for the calculation of the charge for your account, use our calculation tool.