Mayor Swearengin Applauds Council for Setting Special Election on Residential Solid Waste Privatization

FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after Fresno City Council voted to call a special election related to privatizing the City’s residential solid waste operations. The special election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4.

“I applaud City Council members for taking action to allow the voters to weigh in on this important issue. I believe privatizing residential solid waste is the right approach for our community. It is good for our ratepayers, who will see their rates go down and stay low. In addition, every impacted City employee will be guaranteed a job for one year.

“It also is good for the City. The revenue provided by the franchise will help us address our budget gap, allow us to return some public safety services in the next few years, and help us pay off our negative fund balances. Privatizing residential solid waste is a critical part of our plan to put the City back on the path to financial stability.”

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