May 25, 2015
Citizens have repeatedly heard various figures about what the landfill is costing, what a drain on the county this landfill is, and how the Solid Waste Committee needs to cut the costs down below $100,000 a year or less.
The link below contains the Revenue report for the Landfill and the Expenses paid by category for the Landfill through 5/7/15.
Please look at this report. You will see the following:
1. There was NO money budgeted for revenue/income, even though the county gets some revenue every year from the landfill. This means your taxes were more because no revenue was budgeted in.
2. The revenue received as of 5/7/15 is $44,110.
3. The budgeted expenses for FY15 included $350,000 to move the fiber; however, only $1,895 of that amount has been spent. Your taxes were more by over 1 mil to fund this $350,000 that has not been spent.
4. Without the $350,000, the budget for the landfill is $198,952.
5. The amount spent for 10 months has been $127,651, which includes $68,956 in Professional Services and $41,593 of tipping fees (charges paid to Advance Disposal for pick up).
6. Cost for 10 months = $127,651, less revenue for 10 months = $44,110 equals $83,541 or $8,354 per month to operate the landfill. This amounts to $100,248 per year.
We have also obtained through open records a copy of the Curbside bank statement. Some things you need to know about Curbside are:
- You are billed for curbside on your property tax bill.
- The money paid in from those taxes goes into the Curbside account (there is a checking account and a money market account).
- The checks written for the curbside service are not written out of the Curbside account, but are written out of the General Fund. Money is taken from the Curbside account at various times and put into the General Fund as you can see by the transfer on the April bank statement.
- If the actual curbside cost were paid out of the curbside account, everyone would easily be able to see what the “profit” on curbside is each year—and it has been close to $100,000 per year…. Just about enough to cover the cost of the Landfill.
- The Curbside MMA has $914,241 in it and the Curbside checking account has $44,000 in it. You can see a copy of the MMA statement here:
So we have been overbilled on our taxes for Landfill fiber removal, which wasn’t done in FY15, in the amount of $350,000 and overbilled another $52,800 of revenue (annualized) for the landfill that wasn’t budgeted. Additionally we are overcharged $100,000 per year in curbside fees so the landfill can function.
This is not to make light of the serious fiber problem that EPD wanted something done about years ago; however, the figures being thrown around by the County Manager and the BOC as to what the landfill is costing just don’t add up to reality.
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