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Vacaville council to look at delinquent garbage accounts

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From page A3 | July 06, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — The city council will tackle nearly 1,000 delinquent refuse accounts during a public hearing when it meets Tuesday.

A city ordinance requires mandatory garbage service that states all property owners – commercial or residential – must pay for contract garbage service.

Unpaid billings after 90 days are considered delinquent and if they remain unpaid 15 days after a delinquent notification to the owner and the service recipient, the contractor can assign the bill to the city to begin the process of a real property lien with the hopes of collecting the lost revenues. According to staff reports, recovering the delinquent revenues prevents the financial losses from being passed on to the ratepayers by raising collection rates.

Property owners were notified on June 10 of delinquencies and told that a public hearing would be held Tuesday. As of the notification date, Recology Vacaville Solano had 1,352 delinquent accounts totaling $335,458. Most of those accounts, 882 totaling $239,187, were from resident property owners. The balance was 470 rental properties for $96,271.

An updated list published Wednesday had $70,737 due from 302 rental properties and $195,676 due from 644 owner-occupied properties. The list indicates that the delinquent amounts range from nearly $2,000 to under $50.

The purpose of the initial notices was to inform property owners of the delinquency and let them know that if the matter was not taken care prior to the lien hearing, the past due amount would be placed on the tax rolls for the following year, according to staff reports.

The council is being asked to approve a resolution that would confirm the delinquent accounts and direct liens be placed on the accounts.

A list of the affected properties as of Wednesday is available with the agenda, located online at www.cityofvacaville.com.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers, 650 Merchant St.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

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  • Shanna WieserJuly 06, 2014 - 9:33 am

    How do you collect on rentals? You can't put a property lean on renters nor place them on property tax lien rolls so you are treating these two groups unequally. Property owners are penalized in a discriminatory manner.

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  • MarkJuly 06, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    a lot of rental owners pay the garbage bill so that the delinquency can't occur from the renters not paying the bill.

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  • Lynn HenricksonJuly 06, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    The owners get there money, buy threatening the renters with eviction if they don't pay, the problem is everything is going up-up-up and wages are stagnate.

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  • Mr. PracticalJuly 06, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    Lynn, business revenue is down and the cost of doing business has been going up. Businesses can't afford higher wages. We need a healthy economy. Don't believe what you hear. The economy is not improving very much.

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