Ahead of holidays, Fresno readies garbage rate hikes on residents

The city recently announced its plan to raise rates for garbage collection ahead of the holiday season.

Fresno residents could soon be forced to pay more for their garbage rates as the city is looking to increase costs. 

But any such rate hikes will likely be contentious at City Hall. 


Driving the news: The Fresno Department of Public Utilities is hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the process to raise utility rates. 

  • The department held its first meeting on Tuesday at City Hall, followed by another meeting in northwest Fresno at Rio Vista Middle School on Wednesday. 
  • Two more public meetings are on tap at the Paul Caprioglio Community Center on Dec. 5 and at Sunnyside High School on Dec. 6. 
  • City administration says the department has been operating in a deficit since 2015, necessitating rate hikes. 
  • Fresno garbage rates have not increased since 2009. 

What they’re saying: Councilman Miguel Arias gave a preview of the discourse against raising the rates, posting a message on Instagram urging the public to attend the meetings. 

  • “While many of you were enjoying the Thanksgiving break with family and friends, the City of Fresno staff announced their intent to begin the process to increase your garbage rates,” Arias said. “That’s right, you heard me right. The City of Fresno wants to increase the cost for taking out the garbage in our community. Please attend one of our many community meetings and learn more about the process and voice your opinion.” 

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated proposed rate changes would include raising municipal water rates.

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