40:66A-41. Rents, rates, fees or other charges
(a) Every solid waste management authority is hereby authorized to charge and collect rents, rates, fees or other charges (in this act sometimes referred to as "service charges" ) for the services and facilities of the garbage and solid wastes disposal system.
(b) Such rents, rates, fees and charges, being in the nature of use or service charges, shall as nearly as the solid waste management authority shall deem practicable and equitable be uniform throughout the district for the same type, class and amount of use or service of the garbage and solid wastes disposal system.
(c) The solid waste management authority shall prescribe and from time to time when necessary revise the schedule of such service charges, which in any event shall be such that the revenues of the solid waste management authority will at all times be adequate to pay all expenses of operation and maintenance of the garbage and solid wastes disposal system including reserves, insurance, extensions, and replacements, and to pay punctually the principal of and interest on any bonds and to maintain such reserves or sinking funds therefor as may be required by the terms of any contract of the solid waste management authority. Said schedule shall thus be prescribed and from time to time revised by the solid waste management authority after public hearing thereon which shall be held by the solid waste management authority at least 7 days after publication of notice of the proposed adjustment of the service charges and of the time and place of the public hearing in at least two newspapers of general circulation in the area serviced by the authority. The solid waste management authority shall provide evidence at the hearing showing that the proposed adjustment of the service charges is necessary and reasonable, and shall provide the opportunity for cross-examination of persons offering such evidence, and a transcript of the hearing shall be made and a copy thereof shall be available upon request to any interested party at a reasonable fee. The solid waste management authority shall likewise fix and determine the time or times when and the place or places where such service charges shall be due and payable and may require that such service charges shall be paid in advance for periods of not more than 1 year. A copy of such schedule of service charges in effect shall at all times be kept on file at the principal office of the solid waste management authority and shall at all reasonable times be open to public inspection. It is the purpose of this subsection that the rates fixed from time to time shall produce revenue not in excess of an amount sufficient to provide for all expenses of operation and maintenance of the authority, and to provide for interest, sinking fund and amortization. Any surplus which may accrue to the authority, however, for any reason whatsoever shall be retained by the authority to reduce its rates to the extent such surplus may justify, and to increase the quality and efficiency of its operations.
L.1968, c. 249, s. 8, eff. Aug. 16, 1968. Amended by L.1981, c. 125, s. 4, eff. April 27, 1981.
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