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City of Ukiah Civic Center

Rate Adjustments

Residential Solid Waste

The City of Ukiah City Council (“City”) adopted increases in the monthly solid waste collection and disposal (solid waste) rates applicable to all parcels in the City of Ukiah, including the parcel for which you are shown as the property owner of record based on the County of Mendocino 2016/17 Secured Tax Roll, and/or at which you are shown as the customer billed for solid waste service. The rate increases will be reflected on utility bills dated on or after January 1, 2018, and for bills issued on or after January 1, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

The Amount of the Fee Imposed on Each Parcel:

The adopted rates, as of January 2018, are outlined in the links below. During the next four years, including January 2019, January 2020, January 2021, and January 2022 the rates may increase or decrease based on the following changes to indexes and pass-through costs: (1) the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index, “Water and Sewer and Trash Collection Services” (“CPI”) over the previous year June over June, (2) the percentage change, June over June of the previous year, in the Energy Information Administration Petroleum & Other Liquids index over the base year ending June 30, 2015, (3) any changes to the gate fee at the Ukiah Transfer Station, (4) any changes to costs paid by the franchisee to process recyclables, and (5) changes in regulatory fees, all in accordance with the Contract for Collection, Transportation and Disposal of Garbage, Refuse and Rubbish and Recycling of Recyclable Materials from within the City of Ukiah (“Waste Collection Contract”) between the City and Ukiah Waste Solutions, Inc., a private company. After the January 2018 rate increase, the rates will automatically increase or decrease each year in accordance with the Waste Collection Contract, which will be available for inspection at the Civic Center.

The following table indicates the adopted monthly solid waste service rates for each parcel in the City of Ukiah, beginning January 1, 2017.

City of Ukiah 2018 Solid Waste Service Rates

City of Ukiah 2018 Solid Waste Service Rates

The Reason for and Basis Upon Which the Fee Increase was Calculated:

Ukiah Waste Solutions (UWS), the City’s franchised solid waste collector, has requested rate increases pursuant to Section 6.5 of the Waste Collection Contract based on cost increases and revenue decreases which are solely the result of extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of UWS that it could not have been reasonably anticipated and which unavoidably adversely affect its opportunity to operate at a reasonable profit. The rate increases identified in Schedule A were calculated after considering the franchisee’s rate request, studying the reviewed financial statements and carefully evaluating the changes in costs to meet regulatory requirements, the recycling market, transportation, and other operating costs of Ukiah Waste Solutions for the year ending December 31, 2016 and two quarters ending June 30, 2017. Further detail on how these rates were calculated is available below.

Access Fee:

The solid waste access rate is a charge that all City residential utility customers pay that opt out of using the solid waste services. The access rate is being adjusted from $5.25 to $10. This rate is being adjusted to reflect the true cost to have the service immediately available to the customer, to encourage participation so that proper diversion and disposal takes place. This rate exists to achieve the objectives of removing material from each residential property, which are to avoid health problems, avoid rodent infestation, avoid nuisance odors, protect resale property values, and comply with State of California mandated diversion rates.

Low Income Senior Subsidy Program:

Implementation plans are currently under development, including methods of marketing the program to any eligible low-income senior who may or may not be enrolled in the City’s Public Benefit Electric Utility Program. Those who are enrolled in the Electric Public Benefit Plan will be enrolled automatically in the proposed solid waste program.




→ Notice of Public Hearing to Consider Amendment of Ukiah Electric Rates

→ Proposed 2022-2026 Rates

Current City of Ukiah Electric Rates

Winter Rates effective November 1-April 30
Summer Rates effective May 1-October 31

(The amended rates will apply to the first full month’s consumption following the rate’s effective date)

Residential Single Phase: Electric Rate E1 (Basic Service), E2 (All Electric)

Electric Rate (E2) is closed to new customers effective 1/1/2017. Current customers will be allowed to stay on the rate no matter how they qualified. Other rate discounts and/or adjustments to baseline quantities for various programs such as, but not exclusive of, senior and life support will remain the same. The minimum charge will be billed if the sum of the basic and the energy charges are less than the minimum charge amount.



1. General Service: Electric Rate E5, E6, C5, C6, E55, E51

This rate schedule is applicable to general commercial and non-commercial residential lighting, heating and all single phase and three phase alternating current loads in which energy use is less than 144,000 kWh per meter for 12 consecutive months. This schedule will not be applicable to commercial uses permitted by the City under a Home Occupation Permit.


2. General Service with Demand: Electric Rate E7, C7

This rate is applicable to commercial and non-residential lighting, heating, and all single phase and three phase loads in which energy use is 144,000 kWh or greater per meter for 12 consecutive months. The customer bill will consist of a basic month charge, energy and demand charges.

Demand Charge

The customer will be billed for demand according to the customer’s “maximum kilowatt demand” each month. The number of kilowatt (kW) used will be recorded over 15 minute intervals: the highest 15 minute average kW use in the month will be the customer’s maximum demand.




General Large Industrial Service with Demand: E-1

This schedule is applicable to large industrial production, lighting, heating and all single and three phase loads in which energy use is an average of 75,000 kWh monthly or greater with a demand of 200 kW monthly or greater for at least six consecutive months (multiple meters at a single location will be combined).

The Industrial rate is applicable to large manufacturing facilities, defined as businesses or corporations that produce products for either wholesale or retail sales or businesses that contract to fulfill obligations to produce specific components.

Demand Charge

The customer will be billed for demand according to the customer’s “maximum kilowatt demand” each month. The number of kilowatt (kW) used will be recorded over 15 minute intervals: the highest 15 minute average kW use in the month will be the customer’s maximum demand.


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