Reynoldsburg safety service director Pam Boratyn said the city will have to go back to the drawing board to figure out what to charge residents for trash collection now that the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio board approved a rate hike on Sept. 29.

Reynoldsburg safety service director Pam Boratyn said the city will have to go back to the drawing board to figure out what to charge residents for trash collection now that the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio board approved a rate hike on Sept. 29.

Most of the 41 communities represented on SWACO's Rate Advisory Board voted for the rate increase on Tuesday, Sept. 28. According to information from SWACO, 26 communities voted in favor, 11 voted against and four did not vote.

The authority's nine-member board of trustees then voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the plan to raise rates by $3 a ton in 2011 and by another $3 a ton in 2012.

Albert Iosue, SWACO's director of planning and programs, said $2.7-million a year the higher fees will generate will help pay to replace aging landfill equipment, build a necessary landfill access road and expand the Morse Road trash transfer station.

The rate hike takes effect Jan. 1. It means each household in the 41 municipalities SWACO serves in central Ohio will have to pay an additional 25 cents a month next year and 50 cents a month by 2012.

In November 2009, Reynoldsburg City Council approved a five-year contract with Rumpke of Ohio Inc. as the city's sole trash-hauler through 2014. Boratyn said the contract gave the city the opportunity to keep costs low and stable, including saving residents 3 to 4 percent by using money from the city's solid waste fund.

The plan was calculated to take roughly half of the $607,000 in the fund and return it over five years, through the subsidy, to Reynoldsburg households through 2014.

"We've already calculated spending down that fund over five years, trying to adjust prices slowly so the people didn't have huge jumps," Boratyn said.

She said the SWACO increase "makes us have to spend it down quicker or up the amount of money we're going to charge people."

She said she will be meeting with city auditor Richard Harris to see what they can do to determine what the rates will be beginning in 2011. Reynoldsburg residents currently pay $15.89 per household ($14.39 for seniors).

"Back in November 2009, we didn't calculate $6 - $3 in 2011 and $3 in 2012 - for the second and third years of our five-year contract," Boratyn said. "We're going to have to go back through and crunch some numbers and probably present something to council within the next month or so."