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Trash Fees Will Increase as City Stops Subsidizing Fees

If city eliminates fees, increase will equal $6.50 per month.

For 20 years, the city of Avon Lake has been subsidizing trash fees for residents. But with cuts in state funding, the elimination of estate tax and city coffers depleted, the city wants “out of the trash business," especially if it means another $700,000 a year.

In March 1992, the city enacted an ordinance that subsidized rubbish collection for residents. If approves repealing the ordinance in the upcoming weeks, residents will be responsible for paying the entire bill. Mayor Greg Zilka said that would result in an average increase of $6.50 per month per household starting July 1, and residents will begin receiving bills directly from Allied Waste.

Councilman David Kos, who is sponsoring the legislation to repeal the subsidy, said the decision resulted in part from state cuts.

“It’s no secret the state has cut drastically the funding for municipalities,” Kos said. “As a result of that, we have to make decisions that are hard to make.”

“The government should not be subsidizing these bills,” Kos said.

If approved, the repeal would go into effect for the second half of 2012.

Savings to the city would equal $350,000 savings this year, and $700,000 in 2013, the mayor said.

“We’re talking a million dollar swing for next year’s budget,” Zilka said.

Zilka said the savings would counter the $800,000 in upcoming state cuts and the 2013 loss of estate taxes, which totaled about $400,000 in 2011.

“We as taxpayers send a lot of money to Columbus and we’re getting less and less back,” Zilka said. “If we don’t reduce the subsidy we’ll have very serious problems next year.”

“I know in some households that’s difficult,” Zilka said of the increase in bills.

Zilka said without changes, layoffs could happen. He also noted that the city’s AA bond rating, which results in favorable borrowing rates, could be affected.

The $1 discount monthly discount received by seniors would remain in effect if the subsidy is repealed.

John Meola March 28, 2012 at 09:10 PM
So the heirs of the 1% get the loot when one them goes to that great country club in the sky and the rest of us get the bills. Literally!
lake swimmer April 02, 2012 at 01:43 PM
if you work all your life to achieve something, should the government be able to come in and take the majority of it? Shouldn't you be able to leave the fruits of your labors to your children and grandchildren? Do you really feel ok spending your life working to benefit the government? Personally, I don't. Whatever I achieve in my lifetime I would like it to benefit my kids and grandkids, not some faceless entity that has no appreciation for me and for my lifetime of work.
John Meola April 02, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Landed aristocracies belong in Europe, not the United States. So, yes, estates should have to part with a share of the wealth. Anyway, what does it matter to you? You're dead and, as they say, can't take it with you.
K O July 03, 2012 at 01:10 AM
JM - Wow. I first laughed thinking you must be joking. Realizing you're serious is very troubling. The government has zero right to take what someone has worked a lifetime to save. They've already been taxed on what they earned once anyway. Taxing again because someone dies is wrong and offensive to those who work hard and live an honest life.
John Meola July 03, 2012 at 01:24 AM
K.O. -- Whatever. I no longer live in Ohio and really don't care about it any more. You can have your Tea Party, declining population, job losses, bad roads, etc., etc. etc. I now live in a place where my income tax burden is lower, I get roads that are relatively better than Ohio's, a reliable public transit system that runs 24x7, and stores in "enterprise zones" where I only pay 3.5% sales tax. And, where I'm at we earn a hell of a lot more than an Ohioan with the same job. As I said, enjoy your Tea Party state.

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