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File #: 0379-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/8/2017 In control: Environment Committee
On agenda: 3/27/2017 Final action: 3/29/2017
Title: To authorize the expenditure of $16,705,000.00 or so much thereof as may be necessary from the Special Income Tax Fund; to authorize the Director of Public Service to establish an encumbrance of $16,685,000.000 to pay refuse tipping fees to the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) for the Division of Refuse Collection pursuant to an existing lease agreement; to establish encumbrances up to $20,000.00 for tire disposal and construction/demolition (C&D) material disposal; and to declare an emergency. ($16,705,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Refuse Tipping Fees 2017-SWACO
This legislation authorizes the Director of Public Service to establish an encumbrance within the Special Income Tax Fund to pay 2017 waste disposal tipping fees for the Division of Refuse Collection, and to expend funds to pay the tipping fees. This expense is necessary to safely and contractually dispose of the waste collected by the division in the course of pursuing its mission by providing residential refuse collection services to over 327,000 households weekly and picking up bulk items and illegally dumped items as needed.

The Department of Public Service has determined that $16,705,000.00 should be adequate for this purpose. This number is based upon an estimated waste stream of 305,000 tons in 2016. Actual tonnage is ultimately dependent on variables such as the weather, the actual number of households collected that cannot be specifically calculated at this time, and the unknown amount of bulk and illegally dumped items. If necessary, additional legislation will be submitted to increase funds at a later date.

Previous calendar years' actual tipping fee expenditures totaled $12,943,226.58 (2007), $12,901,357.53 (2008), $13,049,098.46 (2009), $13,312,244.86 (2010), $14,522,167.56 (2011), $16,543,036.71 (2012), $15,873,121.00 (2013), $16,752,000.00 (2014), $17,419,889.00 (2015), and $17,134,777.00 (2016). SWACO tipping fee rates are determined by SWACO's established rate setting process. Due to an existing contractual relationship where the City of Columbus participates in the rate setting process the City is required to use SWACO waste disposal services. The vendors and waste disposal fees for tire disposal services and construction/demolition material disposal services will be determined through the city's competitive bidding process.

This 2017 expense is budgeted within the Special Income Tax Fund and was a part of Ordinance 2864-2016 passed by Council on 2/6/17.


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