11. What happens if 51% of property owners oppose the Prop 218 process?

If 51% of property owners oppose the Prop 218 process, then the City Council cannot act on the proposed rate change. In the event that the City is unable to approve the proposed rate change, Athens will have the right to request that City negotiate in good faith regarding reductions in programs, services, or fees to compensate for any negative impact from the unapproved or invalidated rate increase. If City fails to commence negotiations in good faith or negotiations are not completed within forty-five (45) days following the date of receipt of Athens's request, either party may terminate this Agreement no earlier than one hundred and eighty (180) days after written notice to the other.

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1. 1. Why are my trash rates changing?
2. 2. Is SB1383 a State mandate?
3. 3. When will residents and businesses be required to separate organic waste?
4. 4. When will the new trash rates go into effect?
5. 5. What will my new trash rate be effective October 1, 2022?
6. 6. What new services are residents entitled to?
7. 7. What new services will benefit the community under the new franchise agreement?
8. 8. Can Athens automatically assign or sell off this agreement to another hauler?
9. 9. How do I protest?
10. 10. Is there an opportunity for public comment?
11. 11. What happens if 51% of property owners oppose the Prop 218 process?
12. 12. Why a 25-year agreement? Why not 10 or 15?
13. 13. How will the City ensure high customer service levels?
14. 14. How will the City ensure rates stay relatively low compared to other cities?