Riverside County supervisors Tuesday set a July 17 public hearing to consider whether to impose special assessments totaling $2.68 million on county residents’ property tax bills for unpaid trash collection fees.

According to the Department of Environmental Health, roughly 6,400 residents in unincorporated communities owe the county’s four waste haulers for rubbish pickup and disposal services in 2017. Amounts range from just over $100 to as much as $2,400, according to the proposed special assessment roll.

Environmental Health Director Steve Van Stockum requested the public hearing for the Board of Supervisors to approve the assessments, which would be tacked onto delinquent payers’ property tax bills.

“The regular removal of solid waste from residential properties is a basic sanitation practice that protects both the environment and the public,” Van Stockum said. “The mandatory collection of solid waste and the payment for the collection is critical.”

The hearing will provide residents an opportunity to argue their cases before the board.

If the supervisors authorize the special assessments, an additional $74 per parcel charge will be applied to delinquent bills to cover the cost of public noticing and county staff time.

According to officials, residents can avoid the supplemental charge by paying their bills in full by July 27.

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