Puzzled? Didn't hear about the additional fee?
I refer to the Commission's failure to place a recycling vote on the November ballot. The proposed levy would have amounted to about $33.00 per year for us. That is compared to the current monthly fee charged by Republic Services for garbage pick-up multiplied by twelve. I do not know what Republic's current monthly fee is, because I do not use it. I buy twenty bags each year, use about fifteen of them and don't have to buy any every three or four years. The bags cost $2.50 each, so my annual cost for garbage has been running between $2.50 and $5.00 per month for the last few years, as the recyclable items have all gone to the dumpsters provided by the County under contract with Rumpke.
Years ago the monthly cost from Allied Waste was about $20.00, which calculates out to about $240.00 per year.
As it appears that I will now have to place all those recyclables into the regular garbage stream, I would assume that my annual cost will be about the same, plus any inflation over the past three or four years.
So let's see--My before cost above is a maximum of $5.00 per month, $60.00 per year.
My new cost will be about $240.00 per year, assuming no inflation.
The difference is about $180.00 per year, or that fifteen dollars a month I suggested above.
Now, IF the Commission had placed the measure on the ballot, and it passed, I would have to pay that $33.00 per year, plus the $60.00 per year, for a total of about $93.00 per year. And the recyclables would have gone into a recyclable stream and not the landfills.
The recycle bins at all locations were constantly overflowing, even though Rumpke was making two pick-ups per week usually, at least at the bins I used.
Based upon the Commission's inaction, I decided that I would not vote for anyone on the Commission who ran for re-election. That decision was removed from me as no one on the Commission ran for re-election this year. But the terms of the two remaining 2016 Commissioners will be expiring in two or four years, and I have a good memory. I will not vote for either Cartmill or Bailey, and will actively pursue their defeat should they either or both decide to run again for any office.
So, thanks, Pa, for giving your boy a good head for figures without being a figurehead.