Johnstown residents are receiving their garbage bills in a new way this year.
The city’s sanitation company, Advanced Disposal, recently started directly billing customers. In the recent past, payment notices were attached to tax bills. City Hall has received numerous phone calls concerning the change.
“Yes, those bills are real, and you will not see garbage fees on your tax bills this year,” assured Carlos Gunby, Johnstown’s finance director.
The first bills sent out by Advanced covered the months of January through April. Customers can expect to receive a new bill every four months. In all, residents will pay about $136 annually, which is down from the previous rate of $166.
“While it is a change that is going from a tax bill back to direct billing, there is a direct savings for the individuals,” Gunby said. “It’s going to be a transition phase. There are lots of calls, lots of questions. Please be patient during this transition.”
Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/Dave_Sutor.