Board to Consider Action Against Residents Behind on Trash Pickup Payments

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County supervisors are expected tomorrow to schedule a public hearing in one month to consider whether to impose special assessments totaling $2.75 million on county residents' property tax bills to collect unpaid trash collection debts.

According to the Department of Environmental Health, roughly 6,600 residents in unincorporated communities owe the county's four waste haulers for rubbish pickup and disposal services in 2018. Amounts range from just over $100 to as much as $3,200, according to the proposed special assessment roll.

Environmental Health Director Keith Jones is requesting a public hearing for the Board of Supervisors to approve the assessments, which would be tacked onto delinquent payers' property tax bills.

``The regular removal of solid waste from residential properties is a basic sanitation practice that protects both the environment and the public,'' Jones said. ``The mandatory collection of solid waste and the payment for the collection is critical.''

The hearing would provide residents an opportunity to argue their cases against assessment before the board, offering specifics about mitigating circumstances.

If the supervisors authorize the special assessments, an additional $74 per parcel charge would be applied to delinquent bills to cover the cost of public noticing and county staff time.

According to officials, residents would be able to avoid the supplemental charge by paying their bills in full prior on or before July 26.

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