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Youngstown council OKs garbage-fee reduction



Published: Thu, December 5, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

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


Comments

1johnyoung(238 comments)posted 7 months, 3 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.

See State Audit Finding Below:

FINDING NUMBER 2010-02
Noncompliance and Significant Deficiency
"Ohio Revised Code § 5705.09(F) requires that a special fund for each class of revenues derived from a source other than the general property tax, which the law requires to be used for a particular purpose be established.
During our audit we noted sanitation revenues were being accounted for in the general fund. An analysis showed that sanitation receipts were greater than the expenditures relating to sanitation,
i.e., total sanitation revenue for 2010 was $4,054,028 and total expenditures relating to sanitation were $2,785,997 for an excess of $1,268,031 which indicates that sanitation revenues are subsidizing general fund operations. Financial monitoring performed by the City did not identify excesses of revenues over expenditures related to sanitation activity in the general fund. To enhance internal accounting control, we recommend the City establish an enterprise fund to account
for the revenues and expenses of the sanitation activity".

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2Ianacek(888 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago


Unless the costs have increased , the price reduction should be $5 per month , not $1 .
We've been possibly overcharged for at least 4 years & probably longer .

Someone should investigate starting a class action to recover the many millions of dollars potentially owed .
I hope McNally appoints a new Finance Director..

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3palbubba(664 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Strictly a PR move. I can only imagine how short a time until we see another increase in water and sewage rate to make up for this hidden revenue loss.

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