It's that time of year again. No, not the holidays. The return of the annual garbage rate hike. The Menlo Park City Council sits down on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to decide whether to approve a rate hike of up to 10 percent for 2012.
The staff report recommends an 8 percent hike effect Jan. 1. An 8 percent hike would raise the monthly service fee for a 20-gallon black trash cart at a single-family residence to $13.99, up $1.04, for example.
On the plus side, staff found the city owes former vendor Allied Waste $737,000 -- $158,000 less than expected. The city has until next September to pay off the balance, with staff contending that the rate increase will cover 87 percent of the debt and guard against any increase in 2013.
Go here to view the staff report. Other items on the agenda include whether to spend another $225,980 for consultants to revise the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan, which has inspired reams of angry email to the city.
The regular council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, 701 Laurel St. Prior to that, the council meets in closed session regarding negotiations with Service Employees International Union representatives at 5 p.m. and then for a study session at 6 p.m. to evaluate taking over Flood Park from the county.