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The city’s greenspace has increased and so have the activities required to maintain it.
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If DeKalb County DOES NOT increase the tipping fee on a county level, the city’s sanitation fee is listed below for each scenario:
If DeKalb County increases the tipping fee on a county level, the city’s sanitation fee is listed below for each scenario:
In Scenario 1, the sanitation fee will be $714 per year with a property tax increase of .25 mill. With this option, seven vehicles/equipment will be replaced and four new non-managerial floating positions will be added. If the tipping fee increases at a county level, the sanitation fee will increase to $829 per year.
With Scenario 2, services switch to once-a-week curbside solid waste collection, seven vehicles/equipment will be replaced, and 96-gallon cans for residents will be provided. The sanitation fee will increase to $680 per year. General funds will increase by $143.4k or roughly .5 mills and the greenspace team will be fully staffed by floating workers and the addition of one full-time staff. If tipping fees increase, the sanitation fee will increase to $795 per year.
In Scenario 3, the solid waste collection will be outsourced. All sanitation staff will have the option to work for the sanitation contractor and no one will lose their job. The city will retain the yard waste and leaf collection program. Unneeded equipment and trucks will be sold and Greenspace Department will be fully scoped. The sanitation fee for this scenario will be $425 per year with a potential property tax increase of .25 mill.
The potential property tax increase per household is:
No. 96-gallon trash cans that are compatible with new garbage trucks would be provided by the city if the city keeps the sanitation service in-house and moves to curbside solid waste collection (Scenario 2). Trash bins will be issued by the contractor in Scenario 3.
Current sanitation staff will have the option to work for the sanitation contractor and will not lose their jobs.
The aging fleet still needs to be replaced and some full-time staff need to be retained to meet the demands of yard waste, leaf collection and events.
The city would release a request for proposal (RFP) or bid package to find the best service for the city.