Saturday, November 3, 2012
DUFFERIN MAKES A MESS OF WASTE
Melancthon dump closed to the public in June 2012:
County’s draft budget 16%-due to waste management costs????
"the County’s draft budget for 2013 calls for a net overall hike of almost 16%, in large measure because the county is taking over garbage collection and disposal from the local municipalities."
Waste Collection to cost County $3.8 million per year
"The county’s public works department estimates Dufferin’s lower-tier municipalities dish out a little more than $4 million per year for garbage collection combined."
Cost of county garbage plan comes in at $2-5M
"The county has received four different proposals from that trio, with price tags ranging from $2 million to $5 million annually. The county’s public works department estimates Dufferin’s lower-tier municipalities dish out a little more than $4 million per year for garbage collection combined. Once the county’s planned amalgamation of the garbage stream takes effect, Lewis expects “it’ll be less than the total of everybody else.”
And this article clearly shows elected officials in lower tier municipalities have not done their homework-most admitted they haven’t figured out whether they will save money or not.
"... but at a recent meeting of county council Shelburne Mayor Ed Crewson posed the question of savings, and was told that the costs might be lower than the original estimates – almost $4-million for all three waste streams: garbage, recyclables and source-separate organics."
So what the hell IS the cost?
2011 Financial Information returns show waste management costs for ALL Dufferin municipalities was $5,482,785
The County costs alone were $1,744,260
So presumably the County will still have their own costs of $1,744,260 PLUS the $3.8 million costs to assume all the lower tiers garbage which comes to $5,544,260.
BINGO, it is already it is costing MORE than when everyone was doing their own thing.
THEN there is the little issue of two new County employees (one full time and one contract) and all the costs that come associated with that, which so far hasn’t been included in any figure.
PLUS the fact that many lower tier municipalities do not know if their costs will be reduced to zero,
Who in the hell voted for this?
And if anyone thinks the Strategic Planning excercise currently underway at the County is not anything more than a restructuring plan that will COST us more money, NOT save money, then you would be wrong.
Posted by Minebuster at 12:19 PM