Introduction of a Resolution to Establish the Service Charge Rate for Municipal Refuse Collection and to Establish a Charge for Unreturned Refuse and Recycling Carts pursuant to Section 20-6 of the Rockville City Code
Staff recommends that the Mayor and Council introduce the Resolution to establish the service charge rate for Municipal Refuse Collection and to establish a charge for unreturned refuse and recycling carts pursuant to Section 20-6 of the Rockville City Code.
Change in Law or Policy
Setting the refuse rate for FY 2018 requires the passage of the attached resolution. This resolution is scheduled to be introduced on February 27, 2017, with adoption scheduled for May 1, 2017.
The Refuse Fund accounts for the financial activity associated with the collection and disposal of residential recycling, refuse, and yard waste.
The City currently operates a semi-automated, once-per-week refuse and single-stream recycling program. The FY 2018 rate is proposed to increase by 5 percent to $445 per year due to increased operating costs of the program, uncertainty surrounding the sorting and hauling of recyclable materials, and the overall projected decrease in revenue from the sale of recyclable materials.
Starting in FY 2017, the City placed the refuse and recycling charge on the County tax bill. Prior to FY 2017, the City direct-billed all refuse and recycling charges.
Mayor and Council History
Past Mayor and Council actions related to the FY 2018 budget include:
| September 12, 2016|| Discussion of Operating Budget Process |
| September 19, 2016|| Discussion of Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Budget Process|
| October 11, 2016|| Distribution of Mayor and Council Budget Surveys |
| November 1, 2016|| Budget Public Hearing |
| November 10, 2016|| Mayor and Council Budget Surveys Due|
| December 12, 2016|| FY 2018 Budget Survey Results and Discussion of Budget Priorities|
| January 9, 2017|| FY 2018 Cost Allocation Plan (CAP) Presentation|
| February 13, 2017|| Distribution of FY 2018 Proposed Budget|
Public Notification and Engagement
The City held the first public hearing related to the FY 2018 budget on November 1, 2016. The remaining public hearings are scheduled for March and April 2017.
In addition to the budget public hearings, the public can submit written comments about the budget via an online form located on the City's website at www.rockvillemd.gov/budget. These comments will be distributed to the Mayor and Council at the close of the public comment period and will be included with the agenda materials for the final budget worksession.
The public comment period closes on April 7, 2017.
The proposed FY 2018 operating budget for the Refuse Fund equals $7,115,140. The proposed budget is based on a refuse rate of $445 per year.
Future Mayor and Council actions related to the FY 2018 budget include:
* All dates are subject to adjustment by the Mayor and Council during the budget process.
| February 27, 2017|| City Manager's Presentation of FY 2018 Proposed Budget;|
Introduction of FY 2018 Budget Ordinance;
Introduction of FY 2018 Refuse Fee Resolution;
Introduction of FY 2018 Stormwater Management Fee Resolution
| March 2, 2017|| Mayor and Council Worksession|
| March 6, 2017|| Public Hearing |
| April 3, 2017|| Public Hearing;|
Mayor and Council Worksession
Constant Yield Tax Rate Public Hearing
| April 7, 2017|| Close of Budget Public Record|
| April 17, 2017|| Mayor and Council Worksession |
| May 1, 2017|| Adoption of FY 2018 Budget Ordinance;|
Adoption of FY 2018 Refuse Fee Resolution;
Adoption of FY 2018 Stormwater Management Fee Resolution
Attachment A - Resolution
Gavin Cohen, Chief Financial Officer
Approved on: 02/15/2017
Robert DiSpirito, City Manager
Approved on: 02/22/2017