WTOL has a story on what some of the suburban areas outside of Toledo charge for trash collection. I thought it would be interesting to also share what some of the larger cities in Ohio have discussed or adopted concerning trash fees. In Columbus the idea of raising trash services up to $18.24 per month was discussed as a part of their balancing the budget efforts. It appears they opted instead for an increase in income tax of .5%, with the total income tax rate of Columbus now being 2.5% — It’s also interesting that Columbus does have a income tax credit for those live in Columbus but work outside of Columbus. Columbus also had a system where they stopped picking up yard waste and those who wanted the service had to pay $49.50 for each six month period. In May of 2010 that goes back to being a free service provided as a part of the income tax increase.
(As an aside, I really like how Columbus presents their budget for 2010 and some of you might find their Financial Overview of interest.)
Cleveland City Council recently passed a trash fee, for the first time in that city’s history. The fee is $9.25 fee a month but they do offer a 50% discount to people 65 years or older or disabled who meet certain income guidelines and have a waiver process for properties vacant for more than 60 days.
(As an aside this Cleveland Management & Efficiency Study was an interesting read, especially the chapter on Workforce & Collective Bargaining that begins on page 48 of the pdf.)
Akron charges $17.50 a month if you do not recycle (homesteaders pay $9.30) and $19.50 a month if you do not recycle (homsteaders pay $11.30). Akron also allows residents to purchase an additional can for $50.00 beyond the one provided for trash and the one provided for those who recycle. Cincinnati considered a trash fee of $17.20 per month, they currently do not charge a trash fee. Dayton charges $5.00 a month.
This is not to suggest $15.00 a month is what Toledo area residents should or should not pay, but to share what some comparable urban cities are doing in Ohio. There’s quite a bit of information in the links that show what they are doing beyond trash fees to balance their budgets and to do some long range planning.