What happens if I do not pay the fee?

If you do not pay your property tax bill (which now includes your WCF bill) in full by the due date, you will be charged a late fee of 4% in the month of February, and then 1% per month thereafter. 

Number of UnitsTotal Fee3-Month Late Fee
One$90+$50 ($140 total)
Two$180 per year+$100 ($280 total)
Three$270 per year+$150 ($430 total)
Four$360 per year$200 ($560 total)

Additionally, if you are not in compliance with the waste collection regulations, you may liable for illegal trash fees which will be levied by the Department of General Services and may be as much as $325 for each incident. (see Albany City Code § 313-7 for more information).

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1. Why is the fee being charged on only residential properties of less than four units?
2. How will it be determined who will have to pay the fee?
3. How do I know if I will be charged the fee?
4. Who will the fee be paid to?
5. How long will I have to pay the fee for?
6. Are there any exemptions to the program?
7. What if my residential unit will only be occupied for part of the year, may the fee be charged on a monthly basis?
8. I think I am entitled to an exemption. How do I make sure I get one?
9. What documents are needed to prove I am entitled to an exemption?
10. What if I don’t own the property for which I am billed the fee?
11. How do I submit my waste collection fee exemption application?
12. How do I find out whether my exemption has been granted?
13. How long does an exemption last after it is granted?
14. What if I disagree with the Department’s decision to deny my exemption?
15. What happens if I do not pay the fee?