Los Angeles City Council approves plan to double trash feesLos Angeles City Council approves plan to double trash fees
May 25, 2006
Last week, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a plan submitted by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to gradually raise residential trash fees to fund a major expansion of the Los Angeles Police Department. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, monthly collection rates for homeowners would rise from $11 now to $18 later this year, $22 in the next fiscal year, $26 the next and finally $28 four years from now. While previous attempts to raise collection rates were considered too politically unpopular to succeed, sources quoted in the article say Villaraigosa’s influence and the promise of a beefed-up LAPD helped the measure pass.