Here you will find common questions and answers about the charge.
What is this Charge for?
This Charge is a “municipal waste rates and charges assessment” to help fund waste management programs required by the Ohio EPA. It is levied only against lots or parcels that are improved, or in the process of being improved, with at least one permanent, portable, or temporary building. Not all property generates waste which is why this is a charge specifically on improved parcels. The recent revenue reduction from the out-of-state waste (as explained in paragraph 8 above) has made this again needed.
Doesn’t this charge have to be voted on by the residents?
No. By law (HB 592) each County in Ohio must offer ways to manage solid waste through reduction, reusing and recycling programs. In order to pay for this management, Revised Code 343.08 and 343.011 allows Authorities to assess on approved parcels in order to pay for these programs.
Why should I have to pay when I don’t feel I generate very much waste?
Many residents do an excellent job of recycling and place very little in the waste stream. This charge pays for the recycling program as well as community clean ups and other collections we have throughout the year.
I own a lot of land, will this be assessed on each of my parcels?
The assessment is charged on improved parcels ONLY. An improved parcel is one that has been improved with a house or other structure. Any vacant lots or empty parcels do not get charged.
How long will this remain?
The Authority will reassess the need each year with hopes of reducing it if funding from other options increase. The Authority would lower the charge to match only what is needed to fund our operations.
I recycle. Don’t you receive enough money from the recycling you receive?
It is true that we generate some money from the paper and commingled recycling, but it does not cover the costs of fuel, maintenance and other costs associated with running those programs. Also, recycling is a commodity, and prices for the recycling fluctuate so the amount we receive varies.
How much is this charge for?
This is a $4.75 per improved parcel charge plus the Auditor’s handling fee of 3%. The Authority does not receive any of the 3% handling fee.
This charge is applied once a year (or divided into half at twice a year). If the disposal fee revenue (as explained in #4 above) increases above the projections in the Plan Update, or other revenue sources increase the Authority will evaluate the fee amount to determine if a reduction is achievable.
I have been hearing about the local Municipalities voting no, is this for the charge and will it stop the charge from being applied?
No, the charge was placed under the “Current Plan”, and is completely separate. What the Municipalities are voting on is the new Draft Plan set to run 2015-2029. The charge will remain and begin to be collected in February 2015. However, a new revenue option (designation contract fees) in the new Plan may provide a way for the Authority to fund the required programs in other ways and reduce the amount of the charge in the future. The Authority is currently working towards this option.
If the local Municipalities are not voting on the charge, what are they voting on?
The 2015-2029 Solid Waste Management Plan for the Jefferson-Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority. The Authority is mandated by the Ohio EPA to put together a Draft Plan every 7 years that must be approved by 60% Municipality population of each County without veto. The last one was done in 2008 which is the Current Plan of 2008-2023. The municipalities are notified and provided copies of the Draft Plan for consideration and comment. If the Plan is not agreed on and approved, the Ohio EPA will then write a Plan for Jefferson Belmont Counties as they wish it to be without any approval from local Municipalities.
Has the Authority/JB Green Team cut its costs?
Yes, the JB Green Team has already made several cuts to its budget. We have cut three staff positions, and absolved one management position. Removed some of the less frequented Community Drop-off locations to reduce transportation costs. Rates and Charges were able to be reduced by putting a designation fee on the landfills as now allowable in our New Plan. Landfills now charge $2.00 per ton, that will come back to JBRSWA to offset the rates and charges.