2019 marks the first year that the Solid Waste Utility will charge an unsubsidized rate; a successful transition that now reflects a true pay-per-use model with no undue costs to the taxpayer.
The 2019 Lac Ste. Anne County Solid Waste Utility Rate has been established at $13.75 per month ($165 per year) for each property required to participate in the Solid Waste Utility. This new rate represents a 42% decrease in rates from 2015 to 2019. In actual dollars, this equates to an overall decrease over five years of $4.17 per month, or $50 per year user user.
Prior to 2016, solid waste services were charged as a variable rate based on property assessment and included in the annual property taxes. This rate was based on property assessment values rather than usage of the County’s solid waste program. Because this system created widespread inequities, Council opted to move from a general taxation model to a pay-per-use model, and the Solid Waste Utility was established.
Realizing that there would be a period of adjustment as the Solid Waste Utility program achieved momentum and operational costs could normalize, Council opted to subsidize these rates to offset the cost to each user. Due to streamlined operations and lower operational costs, 2019 has the lowest projected budget since the inception of the utility in 2016. By comparison, the 2015 budget was $1,666,300 and the 2019 budget is $972,403.
2019 is the first year that the Solid Waste Utility will charge an unsubsidized rate. This has resulted in a successful transition that now reflects a true pay-per-use model with no undue costs to the taxpayer.