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Youngstown residents will see a $1 monthly savings in garbage fees



Published: Wed, December 4, 2013 @ 8:21 p.m.

City council also gave the go-ahead to a deal to get extra dog control help

YOUNGSTOWN

Beginning in January, the cost to city residents for garbage will be cut by $1 a month.

City council approved the reduction Wednesday.

The current monthly fee is $15.75, and the $1 reduction equals a 6.3 percent savings for the city’s 22,000 residential garbage customers.

The garbage fee is included on monthly water bills sent to city customers.

“We’re collecting pretty much what we’re owed and that strong collection allowed us to have the money to reduce the rate,” said city Finance Director David Bozanich.

The city’s residential garbage collection contract is with Ohio Valley Waste Service, located on Mahoning Avenue on the West Side.

Also Wednesday, city council approved legislation permitting the administration to finalize a deal with Mahoning County to have one assistant dog warden specifically assigned to Youngstown.

This would be on top of what the county dog warden’s office does for the city with canine-control issues, said Law Director Anthony Farris.

“They are already obligated to handle Youngstown and they do,” he said. “This gives us a person who’ll be solely devoted to Youngstown in addition to what we already have.”

The proposed one-year contract, to start Jan. 1, would evenly split the $71,464.95 estimated cost of an assistant dog warden exclusively dedicated to Youngstown between the county and city.

One person would handle dog service calls in the city at least 40 hours a week with the work primarily done between 1 and 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.

About 75 percent to 80 percent of the county dog warden calls are in Youngstown, Diane Fry, the county dog warden, said earlier this week.


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1Knightcap(697 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

What about reducing that ridiculous income tax?

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2Ytownnative(1035 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Well this will bring people flocking back to the city. Knight please you can't expect any politician to be responsible with tax dollars. I don't think they can say reduce and tax in the same sentence. We have to give millions in tax breaks to a company to locate here so the city can collect a few hundred in taxes. First chance I get I will move from the city. Also they can reduce the property tax to a reasonable amount. My tax on the land only is on a value of $7820 for 1/5 an acre. that would put land (non commercial) at $39k an acre within the city limits.

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3Sparky(185 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm surprised Oduma doesn't try to reallocate this windfall to the people who really need it. You know that share the wealth thing he's caught up on....

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4johnyoung(241 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

The overcharges for garbage pick-up have allowed the administration to skim off an extra $1.2 million of rate payers' money per year at least as far back as 2010 (2010 State Audit Finding). So now they want to give each customer one dollar per month, which amounts to about $264,000 per year. What about the remaining $936,000?

It is unfortunate that no one in the news media is astute enough to ask such a question.

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