Hilliard's finance and administration committee forwarded to City Council a resolution to collect $10,471.82 in unpaid trash fees from 122 property owners.

Hilliard's finance and administration committee forwarded to City Council a resolution to collect $10,471.82 in unpaid trash fees from 122 property owners.

The resolution authorizes the finance director to certify to the Franklin County Auditor names and amounts due for delinquent refuse fees to the city. If payment is made before the list is sent to the auditor, the name will be removed from the list. A lien can be put on a property that does not pay.

Many of the properties owe the same amount, $87.72.

"It's turned into our annual piece of legislation," said finance director Michelle Kelly-Underwood. "We started this process in 2007 we've gotten smarter with the process."

Kelly-Underwood said the city has been involved with the collection of the fees since 2007, and the amounts have been reduced, by collecting earlier in the year and only having a year's worth of fees to collect. In 2009, there were 246 delinquent accounts totaling $19,803.72.

"That's great progress to cut it in half," said chairman Brett Sciotto.

"There's a lot of searching the auditor's Web site, finding out where people have moved, if it is rental property," Underwood said. "The refuse company (Local Waste Services) sends out the initial bill and two follow-up notices."

If the bill is unpaid, the city sends out a certified letter and regular mail seeking payment and advertises the names before going to the auditor.

"In some instances, they've received (notice)," Kelly-Underwood said. "It's not a case of not being able to find these folks. You're always going to have some that are moving into the city and don't realize it's a bill for them."

Sciotto asked if the billing would be handled by the city now that Rumpke is the new trash-hauler for Hilliard.

"The plan is for Rumpke to bill for that 2010-11 cycle," Underwood said, although the city may eventually handle the billing because it has a database of property owners.

The resolution will be heard at the July 12 council meeting.