CLOSER LOOK DAYTON

Dayton trash fees likely to increase next year

Proposal cites rising costs, loss of major service contract.

By Cornelius Frolik
Staff Writer

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Dayton proposes the largest waste collection fee increase in years, which comes at a time when the city lost a major service contract and personnel costs are rising.

The city in 2016 proposes increasing the annual fee by $10 to $151.90.

The proposed fee hike exceeds the increases of the three previous years combined.

Dayton’s waste collection fees usually are tied to the consumer price index, which has been flat because of low fuel prices.

But a fee hike is necessitated to cover employee raises and rising health care costs, city officials said.

“It’s related to costs,” said Stanley Earley, Dayton’s deputy city manager.

Also, Dayton next year will lose thousands of customers because Riverside is switching providers.

The city of Dayton provides waste pick-up and disposal services to about 55,000 customers.

Waste collection fees have increased each of the last three years. The annual increases were all under 2 percent, in keeping with inflation.

That is no coincidence. In 2007, the city commission passed an ordinance allowing the director of public works to adjust city’s the waste disposal fee each year based on the consumer price index.

This year, inflation has been zero.

But Dayton still plans in

2016 to increase the waste collection fee by about 7 percent.

Higher fees are needed to cover higher expenses related to wages and health insurance, said Diane Shannon, deputy director of Dayton’s office of management and budget.

The city this year has approved contracts with three out of its four unions, which call for 3 percent raises this year and 2 percent raises next year.

“Our costs have gone up despite the fact that the CPI ... is down almost entirely because fuel is down,” Shannon said.

The city also collects trash and recycling for two other communities. Dayton serves about 7,030 customers in Riverside and 2,573 in Jefferson Twp.

But starting on Jan. 1, Riverside is switching to a new provider — Republic — to save customers money.

Riverside has contracted with Dayton since 2008. Dayton stands to lose more than $1 million in revenue from Riverside customers.

To make up for the loss, the city’s public works department will have six fewer people next year.

City officials said the reduction will be handled through attrition. Public works was expected to have about 254 employees this year, according to 2015 budget documents.

“The loss in (Riverside) revenue was offset by a reduction in personnel,” Shannon said.

Contact this reporter at 937-225-0749 or email Cornelius. Frolik@coxinc.com.