‘Trash Rates Will Go Up Under Governor Calvo’s GMH Proposal’


Federal Receiver Gershman Brickner and Bratton warns that the government of Guam would need to increase fees in order to accommodate the $12 million transfer Bill 338 proposes.

Guam –  Governor Eddie Calvo’s proposal to transform the Guam Memorial Hospital could mean an increase in your trash collection rates.

Seems like an odd connection, but this is because Governor Calvo’s bill contains language that, if approved, would transfer $12 million annually from the Guam Solid Waste Authority to the General Fund.

Federal Receiver Gershman Brickner and Bratton representative David Manning says this will undoubtedly require a rate increase since those funds are already earmarked for other projects as part of the consent decree.

Manning says GovGuam will have to implement rate increases in order to accommodate the $12 million a year it seeks to transfer from GSWA to the GovGuam general fund.

According to Manning, if the governor’s bill were to become law, trash rates could go from $30 a month to $50 a month for residential customers.

For commercial, it would require an increase from $171 per ton to $287 per ton and transfer station fees would also increase to $13 per small load and $25 for large loads.

Manning says this is assuming customers continue to remain customers. It is likely, he says, that a rate increase of this magnitude would put GSWA services out of reach for many customers, which could mean even greater increases for ratepayers.

You can read his letter by clicking on the file below.