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File #: 2021-960   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 7/6/2021
Title: Public Hearing to Consider Collection of Delinquent Integrated Waste Management Accounts via Property Tax Bills. (Public Works 02741) [Not heard on June 15, 2021]
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - 2021 Lien List
Title

Public Hearing to Consider Collection of Delinquent Integrated Waste Management Accounts via Property Tax Bills. (Public Works 02741) [Not heard on June 15, 2021]

Body

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The City of Alameda (City) annually collects delinquent waste management service charges through property tax bills. The agreement with Alameda County Industries (ACI) provides for the City to do the collection via the property attachment process. Businesses and residents receive a significant amount of notification of delinquent accounts from the City and ACI prior to collection via the property tax bill.

BACKGROUND

In accordance with Chapter XXI, Solid Waste and Recycling, Section 21-20.6 of the Alameda Municipal Code (AMC), ACI, the City's provider of waste and recycling collection services, may assign delinquent Integrated Waste Management (IWM) accounts to the City for collection. Prior to assigning their rights to the City, ACI is obligated to make at least four attempts to collect the delinquent accounts over a one-year period.

If such attempts to collect are ultimately unsuccessful, pursuant to Government Code Sections 38790.1 & 25831, the City has the right to pursue delinquent IWM bills via the property tax attachment process.

Staff is recommending including the 24 delinquent IWM bills (see Exhibit 1 - 2021 Lien List) in the property tax attachment process. These delinquent bills will be processed in order to improve efficiency in the collection of the IWM billing.

DISCUSSION

As part of the current Franchise Agreement between the City and ACI, the City is obligated to pay ACI for all delinquent accounts. In accordance with the AMC, the City may send a letter to each account's property owner requesting payment, and if not promptly received, the City can collect delinquent accounts through their property tax bills at a noticed public hearing.

Property owners are notified by the City three ti...

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