Burbank residents in April will be asked to approve a special tax on their trash and sewer service bills that would subsidize the fees for low-income seniors over the age of 62, disabled people and those who require life support in their homes.
Burbank residents have actually been supporting this program — which costs each customer about $10 to $15 a year — for more than 20 years. But recent court rulings related to Proposition 218, which states that property-related service fees can't exceed the cost of the service, suggest the city faces legal risks if it continues to offer the programs under the current structure.
According to city officials, adding the measure to the April ballot would cost the city $66,000.
If the measure passes with a two-thirds majority, the program would continue to save eligible residents roughly $10 a month on sewer services, and about 50% — or between $15 and $25 a month, depending on trash-can size — on trash-hauling services. Annually, eligible customers would continue to save $300 to $420 on refuse and sewer services.