Will Strongsville Start Charging for Trash Pickup?

Mayor says lots of other cities are billing residents for weekly rubbish collection


Mayor Tom Perciak raised the idea of charging residents for rubbish collection, but said Strongsville has not reached the point where it will start billing -- yet.

The mayor, speaking at a hearing on Strongsville's 2013 budget, called the $2.3 million trash fund "a huge amount of money."

"I can see why most municipalities around us are looking at this in a whole new light and started passing along the cost to residents," Perciak said.

Communities including Brook Park, Berea and Parma Heights now charge for curbside refuse pickup, he said.

"We've stayed away from that and we plan on staying away from that if we continue to rev the engines of economic growth," Perciak said.

Income tax collection is up 4.6 percent this year over 2011, according to Finance Director Joseph Dubovec. 

Strongsville, in the middle of five-year contract with Republic Waste, will not see its trash hauling costs increase next year.

But Perciak said if the city's business growth stagnates, charging for trash collection is something Strongsville will have to consider.

"This is a hot potato," he said. "It's a red flashing item we've got to keep our eyes on."

Mary Schu December 13, 2012 at 09:51 PM
How about another sushi place or nail salon? We need more of those. I don't think on one very corner is enough!
sportsman December 14, 2012 at 06:51 PM
there is a lot of fat at city hall and building dept. that can be cut
John Wells December 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM
....... and service dept., and recreation dept. But those are the places the mayor can hire friends. He can;t give away jobs at police and fire as easily thanks to pesky civil services rules, though he tries. i heard he eliminated a PD position at the station and gave it to one of Tom Patton's son in laws.
sportsman December 16, 2012 at 03:14 PM
lets not forget the schools there policy is family and friends THATS A FACT
Lisa January 03, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I moved to Strongsville with my family for a nicer and SAFER place to live. With all the taxes and fees they like to charge and school levy almost every year I believe it is time to relocate. I wouldn't mind as much but when Strongsville mall is looking like, what was once a beautiful mall, (North Randall Mall) that is an indication of what Strongsville city will be in a few years! Obviously, looking at Parma and North Randal hasn't taught Strongsville anything!


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