CalMet preparing to raise trash rates

DOWNEY - CalMet Services is preparing to ask the city permission to raise its rates for trash pick-up services to both homes and businesses.Effective Aug. 1, CalMet will charge $15.51 per month for trash service at single-family homes, up from the current $14.31. Prices for commercial and multi-family residences increased 6.58%, with exact prices depending on the level of service. The new rates are pending approval by the City Council, which is expected to make a decision July 26. The new rates will remain in effect until March 30, 2012. According to CalMet's agreement with the city of Downey, CalMet can apply for a rate adjustment once a year, subject to approval by the City Council. City officials said they will conduct a "cost of service study" in 2012 to determine CalMet's profit margin this year. The results will determine a "one-time rate rebalancing" effective April 1, 2013.

********** Published: July 14, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 13