Solid Waste Rate Study

Solid Waste Rate Study (2024)

In January 2024, Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) retained NBS Government Finance Group (NBS) to conduct a solid waste rate study. The purpose of the rate study is to evaluate CMSD's current solid waste rates and projected annual revenues and expenditures, including anticipated expenses related to compliance with SB 1383 and the associated transition to the three-cart system in the fall of 2024, in order to determine CMSD's revenue requirements and a fair and equitable flat rate. The rate evaluation ensures that rates annually contribute enough to meet the minimum operations and maintenance reserve balance. NBS worked cooperatively with CMSD staff to develop and evaluate rate alternatives and study results.

Service Type Current Rates Proposed Rates
FY 2023/24 FY 2024/25 FY 2025/26 FY 2026/27 FY 2027/28 FY 2028/29
Annual Increases   16.80% 9.00% 7.00% 7.00% 5.00%
Annual Rates
Flat Rate $289.20 $337.68 $368.07 $393.84 $421.40 $442.47
Monthly Rates
Flat Rate $24.10 $28.14 $30.67 $32.82 $35.12 $36.87

Below is the 2024 Solid Waste Rate Study schedule, along with supporting documents.

Date/Time Meeting & Discussion Type Location Supporting Documents
March 12, 2024
8:00 a.m.
Board of Directors Study Session
Review of Draft Report
290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Staff Report
Draft Solid Waste Rate Study Report
Draft Solid Waste Rate Study Presentation
March 13, 2024
6:00 p.m.
Citizens Advisory Committee
Review of Draft Report
290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Staff Report
Draft Solid Waste Rate Study Report
Draft Solid Waste Rate Study Presentation
April 9, 2024
8:00 a.m.
Board of Directors Study Session
Review of Draft Report
290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Staff Report
Draft Solid Waste Rate Study Report (Revised)
Draft Solid Waste Rate Study Presentation (Revised)
April 16, 2024
6:00 p.m.
Board of Directors Special Meeting
Review of Draft Report & Orange County Rate Survey
290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Staff Report
Orange County Rate Survey
Draft Solid Waste Rate Study Report (Revised)
Draft Solid Waste Rate Study Presentation (Revised)
April 22, 2024
4:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
Consideration of approval to proceed with Proposition 218 process & schedule public hearing
290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Staff Report
Final Solid Waste Rate Study Report 
Final Solid Waste Rate Study Presentation
May 9, 2024 Proposition 218 Mailing Deadline
In order to impose an assessment on a property, special districts must mail an advanced notice of the public hearing to the affected property owners and determine whether there is a majority protest. The notice must be mailed no less than forty-five calendar days prior to the public hearing.
June 11, 2024 Board of Directors Study Session
Consider Adjustment to FY 2024/25 Solid Waste Rate Recommendation
290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Staff Report
Revised Financial Report
June 24, 2024 Board of Directors Meeting
Public Hearing 
290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Public Hearing

2024 Solid Waste Rate Study Documents


Solid Waste Rate Study (2019)
After 15 years without a solid waste rate increase, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) conducted a Solid Waste Rate Study to evaluate its rates in 2019. With the help of NBS Government Finance Group, the Citizens Advisory Committee, and the public, CMSD’s Board of Directors reviewed various possible rate structures and selected an optimum solid waste rate to ensure the continued sustainability of its award-winning solid waste programs and services.

Service Type Current Rates Proposed Rates
FY 2018/19 FY 2019/20 FY 2020/21 FY 2021/22 FY 2022/23 FY 2023/24
Annual Increases 0.00% 4.1% 7.00% 7.00% 6.00% 6.00%
Annual Rates
Flat Rate $216.00 $224.88 $240.60 $257.40 $272.88 $289.20
Monthly Rates
Flat Rate $18.00 $18.74 $20.05 $21.45 $22.74 $24.10

Below is the 2019 Solid Waste Rate Study schedule, recordings of the presentations, and supporting documents.

Date/Time Description Location
January 9, 2019 
6:00 p.m.
Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting: District staff makes a recommendation and seeks input from the Committee and the public 290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
January 17, 2019 Postcard notices are mailed to property owners about the town hall meetings scheduled for January 30 and February 26  N/A
January 30, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting: District staff discusses rate options and answer questions 290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
February 12, 2019 
9:30 a.m.
Board of Directors Study Session: District staff presents rate options and shares comments from the Citizens Advisory Committee and the public 290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
February 13, 2019 
6:00 p.m.
Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting: District staff shares public comments from the town hall and the Committee makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors 290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
February 26, 2019 
6:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting: District staff discusses rate options and answer questions 290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
March 12, 2019 
9:30 a.m.
Board of Directors Study Session: District staff shares the Citizens Advisory Committee’s recommendation, along with public comments, and seeks the Board’s direction on which rate adjustment option is preferred 290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
April 4, 2019

Prop 218 notices are mailed to property owners with the new rate adjustment information (based on direction from Board of Directors)

N/A
May 23, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Public Hearing for the solid waste rate adjustment 290 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 


2019 Solid Waste Rate Study Documents

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