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Frequently Asked Questions

When are late fees posted?
If I use EFT, can I decide how much to pay?
Where can I find a copy of the City's Adopted Budget?
Where can I obtain a fictitious business name statement?
Who do I call for business license information and/or application?
Who should I call if I want to start a business out of my home?
How much is a business license?
Where do I go for a seller's permit for my business license?
Who do I call about changes in garbage service, misses, extras, billings, damaged carts, stops in service?
How do I get residential garbage services started?
How can I get a container for my lawn clippings and yard waste?
How can I get a temporary dumpster for my home?
My garbage cans weren't picked up. Who do I contact?
My garbage, yard and garden or recycle can is missing and/or broken. How can I get a new one?
Why do I have to pay for services I don't even need, like green waste pick up?
If I have a credit amount due will you still EFT?
Can I have EFT if I am on a metered account?
Can I EFT from my credit card or ATM card?
How can I tell if my account is paid by EFT?
I just signed up for EFT, but there's nothing saying anything about EFT on my bill, should I still send in a payment?
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Q: When are late fees posted?
A:

Late fees are posted if payment is not received by 5:30 p.m. on the due date listed on the utility bill.

Q: If I use EFT, can I decide how much to pay?
A:

No. For monthly option, half will be deducted each month. For due date option, the full amount will be deducted on the due date.

Q: Where can I find a copy of the City's Adopted Budget?
A:
A copy of the current Adopted Budget in its entirety is available online, at the City Clerk’s Office and the Marian O. Lawrence Library.
Q: Where can I obtain a fictitious business name statement?
A:

Fictitious business name statements may be obtained from:  County of Sacramento, Department of Finance, Business License Section, 700 H Street, Room 1710, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-874-6644.

Q: Who do I call for business license information and/or application?
A:

The City of Galt Finance Department Business License Section at 209-366-7158. You may also download an application form from our Business License page.

Q: Who should I call if I want to start a business out of my home?
A:

Call the Community Development Department at 209-366-7230 regarding property in Galt, including zoning, property usage and ownership. You may also call Community Development Department staff regarding home occupation permits.

Q: How much is a business license?
A:

The annual fee for a business license is currently $40 plus $10 for each employee. Veterans are exempt from this fee; however, they are still required to obtain a business license. Form DD214 listing honorable discharge is required for Veteran's exemption.

Q: Where do I go for a seller's permit for my business license?
A:

Contact the State Board of Equalization located at 31 E. Channel Street, Stockton, CA 95209, 209-948-7720; or 3321 Power Inn Road, Suite 210, Sacramento, CA 916-227-6700. If you will be selling at the Galt Market your Seller's Permit must have the Galt Market address as business location. Galt Market address is:  890 Caroline Avenue, Galt, CA 95632. If you conduct business at a location other than Galt, Form 530, Schedule C should also be completed when completing sales tax data.

Q: Who do I call about changes in garbage service, misses, extras, billings, damaged carts, stops in service?
A:

Call the Finance Department at 209-366-7150 for billing questions, start and stops in service. Questions regarding misses, extra or damaged carts, contact California Waste Removal Systems at 209-369-6887.

Q: How do I get residential garbage services started?
A:
Call the Finance Department at 209-366-7150.
Q: How can I get a container for my lawn clippings and yard waste?
A:
Contact California Waste Removal Systems at 209-369-6887.
Q: How can I get a temporary dumpster for my home?
A:
Contact California Waste Removal Systems at 209-369-6887.
Q: My garbage cans weren't picked up. Who do I contact?
A:
Contact California Waste Removal Systems at 209-369-6887.
Q: My garbage, yard and garden or recycle can is missing and/or broken. How can I get a new one?
A:
Contact California Waste Removal Systems at 209-369-6887.
Q: Why do I have to pay for services I don't even need, like green waste pick up?
A:

The current types of waste collection services offered to residents were developed in response to health and environmental laws and customer demand. Below is a brief description of services provided to typical households.

• Garbage:  Garbage service is mandatory for all City residents and businesses for health and safety reasons.

• Recycling:  State law requires the City to reduce landfill waste by 50%. The mixed recycling program, coupled with green waste collection, has reduced residential waste by 50%.

Q: If I have a credit amount due will you still EFT?
A:
No. EFT will not occur if you have a credit balance or zero balance owing.
Q: Can I have EFT if I am on a metered account?
A:
Yes.
Q: Can I EFT from my credit card or ATM card?
A:
No. EFT can only be facilitated from a regular checking and savings account.
Q: How can I tell if my account is paid by EFT?
A:

Two ways: 

  1. A message on your City bill will read: “Payment to be debited via direct payment - do not pay”.
  2. Prior to your first automatic debit, you will receive a letter from the Finance Department notifying you that your account is now direct payment.
Q: I just signed up for EFT, but there's nothing saying anything about EFT on my bill, should I still send in a payment?
A:
Yes. Please send in a payment until your bill has a message reflecting that it is being paid via direct payment. The message on the City bill will read:  “Payment to be debited via direct payment - do not pay.”
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