The city will give Reynoldsburg residents a break when it comes to paying for a new trash-collection contract with Rumpke.

The city will give Reynoldsburg residents a break when it comes to paying for a new trash-collection contract with Rumpke.

The new contract approved by Reynoldsburg City Council on Monday begins in December and will run until the end of 2009. The monthly charge of $15.80 per month ($14.30 for senior citizens) includes 17 cents added to each bill by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio to help cover higher fuel costs.

The new rates charged by Rumpke, without the additional SWACO charge, are $1.32 higher than those in the current contract.

However, service-safety director Pam Boratyn said the city will pay the additional $1.32 per resident for December from its solid waste fund account. Overall, that will cost Reynoldsburg $13,147, she said.

In addition, council heard the first reading of an ordinance Monday that, if approved, would mean the city will pay about half of the total monthly increase for residents from January through December 2009.

Boratyn said that money also would come from the solid waste fund.

She said the city has a little over $650,000 in the fund, which comes from a $1 processing fee the city began charging residents in 1997 to cover the administrative costs involved in trash collection.

By 2004, she said, the fund had grown and the city decided to stop charging the processing fee and began drawing from it instead.

"If you passed that administrative cost to residents, it would come to be about 34 cents per household, but the city has been paying that, which is about $40,000 per year, and that has never been passed on to the residents," Boratyn said.

"At some point, when the surplus fund becomes depleted, there won't be anything to defer these costs," she noted.

Boratyn said when all is said and done, if the legislation is approved, it will mean the city is picking up a tab of almost $87,000 to help its estimated 9,960 residents.

"Again, this is what the administration has offered, but it is not approved yet. It still needs to go through two more readings until it is approved," she said.

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