BEVARD COUNTY, Florida -- The Brevard County Manager's office reduced its proposed garbage collection rate hike from $151 down to $138.50 annually over the next 7 years for single-family residences in unincorporated Brevard County.
"Following the publishing of a maximum yearly rate of $151.00 per year, staff continued to review aspects of the rate structure that could be modified to further reduce assessment costs (i.e., reducing storm reserves, converting to a yearly graduated rate vs. the proposed fixed rate)," County staff wrote in an amended Agenda memo filed with the County Commission yesterday.
"This assessment is derived by eliminating a $500K contingency that would pay for small storm events that do not qualify for Federal reimbursement. Also, the $5.3M reserve for large storm events (i.e. 2004) is reduced to $1.5M which is hoped to be adequate to cover a single storm event. This rate assumes a 3% CPI to the contractor (not the rate payer) each year, per contract."
County staff also recommended as a second option a gradual increase of the assessment rate over time:
Option 1 Level
Option 2 Gradual
In an article published last Wednesday, Brevard Times was the only news source to raise the issue of over $1 million of a proposed 10.54% increase to the Solid Waste Department's budget recommended by the County Manager that consists of an extra $338,000 in Recycling Operating Reserves and $755,000 in Disposal Operating Reserves when compared to last year.
The proposed rate increase will be up for consideration by the Brevard County Board of Commissioners at 9 a.m. in Viera, Florida on August 20, 2013.
County Commissioners will then have to consider what the appropriate amount of the overall increase should be, whether Brevard should be locked-in a rate for 7 years; and if locked-in, whether the rate will be fixed or gradually increased.