Effective March 18, 2014 City Council approved the revised street sweeping refund process for the expanded refund period; Street sweeping fees will be reimbursed back to the commencement of the collection of the fees (2004).
The City of Manhattan Beach has discontinued the street sweeping fee that appeared on City utility bills. Street sweeping charges were previously based on a percentage of a customer’s refuse bill. Based on changes in the law, the City has discontinued the fee for customers.
Street sweeping service will continue uninterrupted, but you are no longer charged a fee for street sweeping on your bi-monthly City utility bill.
Customers wishing to file a claim for reimbursement of the street sweeping charges may do so by completing a City of Manhattan Beach Street Sweeping Reimbursement Claim Form (PDF) and filing it with the City Risk Management Division.
The City will consider requests for a refund of past payments made by customers, submitted on or before July 24, 2017 in accordance with the following procedure:
- Complete a City Street Sweeping Reimbursement Claim Form (PDF). Forms are also readily available at City Hall and in the Police and Fire Department lobby.
- File your completed Street Sweeping Reimbursement Claim Form with the City Risk Management Division.
- Allow eight to ten weeks for claim to be reviewed, verified and processed.
- Upon approval, a refund check will be issued from the Finance Department. Alternatively, current customers may elect to receive a credit on their City utility account.
- The check or account credit will be exchanged for a release signed by the customer. The customer must sign a release in order to obtain the reimbursement.
For further information please contact the City of Manhattan Beach Risk Management Division at (310) 802-5000 extension 5570.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who qualifies for a refund? Pending approval, any customer who has paid the street sweeping charge on their City of Manhattan Beach utility bill may be eligible for a refund of the total amount they have paid the City for street sweeping, including accounts that are no longer active.
City Council expanded the reimbursement period. What if I already filed a claim for reimbursement? No further release form or claim is required. You can expect to receive a check or a credit on your account (depending on your previously selected preference) in approximately eight to ten weeks. The additional refunds will be processed automatically.
What do I have to do to get a refund? Fill out a Claim Form and file it with the City Risk Management Division for review; upon approval, an account credit or refund check will be issued from the Finance Department.
How long will it be before I get my refund? Refund requests may take eight to ten weeks to be processed and issued. Customers must sign a release in order to obtain the reimbursement.
How long do I have to submit my claim? Claims must be submitted prior to June 24, 2017.
How much can I expect to get back? Customers may be eligible for reimbursement of the total amount paid to the City for street sweeping. Street sweeping charges varied and were based on a percentage of the refuse bill.
How many years can I get refunded for? The City will consider requests for a refund of past payments made by customers equal to the total amount paid for Street Sweeping services in the City of Manhattan Beach for any period between fee imposition in 2004 and discontinuation in 2013. Refunds cannot exceed the amount paid; you are eligible only for reimbursement for the fees you have paid.
What if I have had more than one account in the City since 2004? One Claim Form must be filled out for each utility account you have had in the City since 2004 to determine the amount of eligible reimbursement.
What if I don’t do anything? If you do not wish to submit a claim for reimbursement, you do not need to do anything and you will not receive a refund for fees previously paid for street sweeping. Street sweeping service will continue uninterrupted; however you are no longer charged a fee for street sweeping on your City utility bill.
What if my account is closed? If you had an active account during any time between July 2004 and June 2013 you may submit a Claim Form for reimbursement of any street sweeping fees paid.
What if I don’t know my account number? Please provide your complete service address, full name as it appears on your City of Manhattan Beach utility bill and specific service period that you had an active utility account with the City on the Claim Form.
Why is the City making this change now? Proposition 218, which is a statewide initiative adopted by the voters in 1996, requires that certain “property related fees” be approved by a vote of the residents before they may be imposed. When the City imposed the street sweeping fee in July 2004, the City did not believe that the street sweeping fee fell within the category of fees that required such a vote. Subsequent to the City’s imposition of the street sweeping fee, the California Supreme Court adopted a broad interpretation of the term “property related fee” as used in Proposition 218. The City now believes, under the Supreme Court’s interpretation, the street sweeping fee does fall within the category of fees that require a vote before they may be imposed.