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Fulton County raises landfill rates

November 18, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday set county landfill user rates for 2013, establishing $1-per-ton increases in seven major categories.

The vote was 14-5. The supervisors who voted against the new tipping fee schedule were: Northampton Supervisor Linda Kemper, Stratford Supervisor Robert Johnson Jr., Broadalbin Supervisor Joseph DiGiacomo, Johnstown 3rd Ward Supervisor Jack Callery and Caroga Supervisor Ralph Ottuso.

Johnstown 2nd Ward Supervisor Michael Kinowski was absent.

Next year will be the second consecutive year of landfill rate increases after several years of no increases.

Johnson said if the county wants to raise some landfill rates, it should be done across the board and "everyone should pay."

"That's why I'm opposed to it," the supervisor said.

Tipping fees are rates that municipal and private haulers are charged to bring various forms of waste to the county landfill off Mud Road in the town of Johnstown. The new rate schedule helps balance the 2013 county Department of Solid Waste budget.

A $1-per-ton increase in landfill fees sets the rates as follows in these major categories: construction-demolition, $56; commercial, $56; county transfer haul, $53; industrial waste, $56; municipal direct-haul, $33; sludge, $44; and out-of-county contracted waste, $56.

The fee schedule leaves these other categories' fees unchanged: asbestos, $150 per ton; contaminated soil, $25; uncovered load, $150; cleanup program, $50; transfer station recycling, $12.50; curbside recycling, $25; commercial recycling, $10; and compost, $10.

County Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard recently recommended the new fees. He said nearly $1 million per year is set aside for required reserve accounts - post-closure, capping, remediation and depreciation. He said $76.5 million is required for the landfill in the remaining 62 years of its functional life and beyond.

In 2006, the Department of Solid Waste completed a financial assurance update that showed future fee increases should be tied to quantities of incoming tonnage in order to support programs and mandated reserves.

"Jeff is trying to get back on schedule for the audit from years ago," Ephratah Supervisor Todd Bradt told the board.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said if the county maintained the same tipping rates, it would likely fall behind on landfill reserves.



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