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How do I protest The proposed solid waste service rates?

You have the right to protest the proposed solid waste service rates. The protest must be in writing, and it must be submitted by either the property owner or a current ratepaying tenant. It must include the property service address and/or the assessor’s parcel number, the eligible individual’s name (property owner or tenant), a statement … Continued

What is organic waste?

Food Scraps, Coffee Grounds, Tea Bags Food-Soiled Paper Products Pizza Boxes, Coffee Filters, Napkins, To-go Bags/Boxes (no Styrofoam or Plastic) Green Waste Landscape & Pruning, Leaves, Flowers Lumber, Wood

What updates and enhancements will be included in SGC’s solid waste services for residents and businesses in the City if the new rates are approved?

SGC currently provides solid waste services to residents and businesses in the City, as listed online at If the new solid waste service rates are authorized by City Council, the new programs, services, and benefits will include: Enhanced customer service programs New carts, dumpsters, and debris boxes New collection vehicles New battery recycling service … Continued

Why are new solid waste service rates needed?

The City of Sonoma contracts with Sonoma Garbage Collectors (SGC) for solid waste (garbage, recycling, organics and other) services provided to residents, businesses, and the City. The City and SGC have negotiated changes to the contract which are necessary for several reasons. New programs and services are needed for the City to comply with the … Continued

What is Measure M?

Measure M, also known as “Parks for All,” is a one-eighth cent sales tax approved by Sonoma County voters in 2018. It aims to support regional and city parks by generating an estimated $11.5 million annually for a period of 10 years.

What is the City of Sonoma’s allocation of revenue?

As one of the smallest cities in Sonoma County, with just over 3% percent of the county-wide population, Sonoma will receive an estimated $118 thousand dollars per year, and a total of $1.19 million dollars over 10 years.

How may the funds be spent in the City of Sonoma?

The revenue that is dedicated to the nine cities, including Sonoma, must be used to support local city parks and recreation needs, and may not be used to reduce existing funding for parks and recreation. Funds do not expire and may be used to accrue savings to be invested in park projects in future years. … Continued

Can the public provide input on Measure M funded projects?

Yes! Public input is encouraged throughout the process. Residents and park enthusiasts are invited to share their thoughts and suggestions on potential park projects by submitting public comments or attending commission meetings where project proposals are discussed. Subscribe to Parks & Recreation news to be notified via email when projects are being considered.

How are Measure M projects selected for funding?

In 2024, the City of Sonoma is adhering to the 2024 Measure M Project Consideration Process, a five-step procedure rooted in the original recommendations put forth by the Parks and Recreation Task Force. These steps include: Conducting a comprehensive parks assessment by City Staff. Convening the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission (PROS) “Measure M … Continued

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