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Santa Ana, Calif., City Council Raises Concerns About Possible Overcharges for Waste Collection

The city could be illegally overcharging residents and businesses for trash collection and instead using the funds for other services such as police, firefighting and parks.

The Santa Ana, Calif., City Council was preparing to authorize a contract amendment with Waste Management when it realized that the city recently transferred $6.3 million annually from the trash collection fund to the general fund. When the City Council addressed the city about this transfer, it didn’t have any calculations to justify the transfer.

To address this issue, the City Council raised concerns at a recent meeting about whether the city of Santa Ana is illegally overcharging residents and businesses for trash collection and instead using the funds for other services such as police, firefighting and parks.

Voice of OC has more details:

New concerns are being raised about whether Santa Ana is illegally overcharging residents and businesses for trash collection and using the money for other services like police, firefighting, and parks.

The issue came up at the City Council meeting last Tuesday, when questions from a visibly frustrated Councilwoman Michele Martinez eventually prompted staff to say the city has ongoing issues under state law that they’re working to fix.

“We are in violation,” said Martinez, pointing to the city’s ongoing transfer of millions of dollars from the trash collection fund to the general fund. At one point she threatened to take the issue to the state Attorney General.

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