Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to impose special assessments totaling $2.86 million on thousands of county residents’ property tax bills to collect unpaid trash collection debts.
According to the Department of Environmental Health, roughly 6,000 residents in unincorporated communities owe the county’s four waste haulers for rubbish pickup and disposal services in 2019. Amounts in arrears range from just over $100 to as much as $9,700 per customer, according to the special assessment roll.
Environmental Health Director Keith Jones requested a public hearing for the Board of Supervisors to sign off on the assessments. No one addressed the board on the matter. However, according to the Clerk of the Board, one individual did attempt to enter the board chamber to speak but was turned away because the supervisors are holding exclusively virtual meetings, citing the ongoing coronavirus emergency.