An ordinance that will increase trash-collection rates for Bexley residents was approved Oct. 26.

An ordinance that will increase trash-collection rates for Bexley residents was approved Oct. 26.

Bexley City County voted 6-1 for the measure. Councilman Rick Weber was the lone dissenter, saying he wasn't comfortable with a 24-percent increase in trash-collection rates for senior citizens.

Under the terms of the new ordinance, rates will increase in three categories. Senior citizens, age 60 to 64, will be charged $288 per year, up from the current annual rate of $276. Seniors age 65 and older who currently pay $198 a year will see their annual rate increase to $246. All other residents, under age 60, will be charged $306 per year, up from the current rate of $294.

The legislation made its way out of the finance committee earlier Oct. 26 on a 2-1 vote. Weber voted against the measure, but finance committee chairman Ben Kessler and councilman Richard Sharp supported it.

Service director Bill Harvey said although the increase for seniors is significant as a percentage increase, in actual dollars it amounts to only $1 a week. He said his intent is to have all city residents paying at the same rate, regardless of age, when the rates are reviewed again next year.

Trash-collection rates are reviewed annually as part of the city's contract with Rumpke. The annual increases represent costs passed on to the city by Rumpke. Among the factors involved in calculating the increase are fuel costs and tipping fees Rumpke pays to the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

For more information on this story, read the Nov. 4 edition of ThisWeek Bexley.