What are the consequences if existing rates remain unchanged?

Solid waste and recycling collection rate revenue accounts for approximately two-thirds of all revenue for the City’s Solid Waste Fund. Without the proposed rate increases, the Fund would virtually exhaust remaining Fund reserves by the end of City FY2019/20 and would be in an ongoing (and growing) operating deficit for the next three City fiscal years. More detailed information is available at Napa City Hall (955 School Street) or online at www.cityofnapa.org/solidwasterates.

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1. When was the last solid waste and recycling collection rate increase?
2. Why are rate increases being proposed?
3. What are the consequences if existing rates remain unchanged?
4. How do I submit a protest vote against the proposed rate increases?
5. What do I do if I believe that I did not receive a public notice in the mail (or if I mistakenly threw it out)?
6. Who is receiving and counting the protest votes?
7. Where does my trash, recycling and composting go now?
8. Why am I required to subscribe to solid waste/recycling removal services?
9. Will illegal dumping increase with the proposed rate increases?
10. Do businesses and/or tourists pay their fair share of costs under proposed rates?
11. How do the proposed rates compare to other communities?
12. Is there anything I can I do to minimize impact of the proposed rate increases?
13. My household is on a low/fixed income. Is there additional assistance available?