City will add recycling fee to garbage collection charge on property tax bills

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – City residents will see another charge on their property tax bills come December.

The City Council Tuesday approved a special charge for recycling collection and disposal to start on the 2015 property tax bill.

The charge will be $9.50 per household the first year, going to $19 the second year and $28.50 every year after that.

This comes on top of the $2 per month charge for regular garbage collection the city added to residential tax bills two years ago.

“This is based on cost increases and inequities,” City Administrator Brian Yerges said in explaining the added charge.

“We really are trying to put together a budget (for 2015) with a zero percent levy increase and this is one of the ways we feel we can continue to do this,” Alderperson Shawn Marcom told the council.

“What it means is that the cost of recycling services will be shifted off the local tax levy and thereby shifted to actual users,” Yerges explained. That means commercial, industrial and business taxpayers – who contract separately for garbage and recycling – will no longer subsidize residential collection, he added.

Yerges noted that the recycling fee was authorized by the state in the 2012-13 budget.

The city received a 30 percent increase in garbage costs a few years ago when Veolia (now Advanced Disposal) took over the city’s contract with Larry’s Hauling after buying that firm.

The city recently negotiated a new contract with Advanced, which was the only bidder on the contract.

“It should be pointed out that there was a lot of discussion of this by the committee,” Alderperson John Nelson stated. “We’re in kind of what you could call a monopoly situation. We don’t have a lot of leverage, unfortunately.”

“No one likes to see increases, but we don’t have a lot of options,” Alderperson David Williams added. “The provider can pretty much dictate to us.”

The council approved a one-day beer and wine license for the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition for an event next week at the Generations center, but only after modifying the hours.

The coalition was rebuffed by the council last month in a bid for a full retail liquor license, with some on the council expressing concern about a liquor license on the same premises as a day care and pre-school.

Generations was seeking a license from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, for an Alzheimer’s fundraiser.

But Alderperson Greg Hildebrand noted that the day care in the Generations building does not dismiss children until 6 p.m., meaning children would be on the premises while alcohol would be served in another area of the building.

“This is so soon after we decided against issuing a permanent license (to Generations),” Nelson commented. “Are we going to see one of these every month or two months? They need to look outside that paradigm that they have to have a cash bar.”

Hildebrand proposing changing the hours for the license to 6 to 8 p.m., and that passed by a vote of 7-1, with Nelson voting no.

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