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What the #1 Recycling Question Should Have Been

 

2013-03-29-4

Friday, March 29, 2013, by Richard Weber

Back on August 7, 2012, our city council approved extending the trash/recycle pickup contract with Republic Services. Though many were making the arguments of bins vs. carts, the clear #1 question was being ignored.

The #1 question should have been — Why would council members Cluck, Wilemon, Glaspie, Capehart, Shepard, and Bennett, while supposedly representing the citizens, agree to such a sweetheart deal for Republic? A deal…

  • where the citizens are paying 106% of Arlington’s share of the projected capital costs
  • where there was no cost reduction/credit for the projected millions in employee savings
  • where there was no cost reduction/credit for the current trucks to be used elsewhere within the Republic system

from the city’s website:

http://arlingtontx.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1098&meta_id=131954

page 7 has the breakdown of the project $.94/month increase expected to start June 2013 [very conveniently after the May elections]

Item                 Monthly Cost

Carts                            $.43

Vehicles                       $.36

CNG station                 $.04

SubTotal                      $.83

Fees & Taxes               $.11

Total                            $.94

* The numbers used in the recycle capital cost calculations are:

93,000 households for 10 years (120 months)

If you add up the first three items (Carts, Vehicles, and CNG station) they total a monthly cost of $.83, which page 8 of the document shows “Rate Analysis” that these are the numbers.

The projected capital costs are on page 3. Note the total cost of the CNG station is $1.8 million, but Arlington’s share is only $400,000. Arlington’s 12 routes are only a portion of the full CNG station. Arlington’s projected capital cost including the $400,000 share for the CNG station is presented about 1:32:45-1:33:15 of the August, 7, 2012 afternoon session:

http://arlingtontx.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1120&meta_id=134709

so updating our chart

Item                 Monthly Cost   times *The numbers      = Total from citizens     projected capital cost

Carts                            $.43     X         *numbers         =          $4,798,800                  $4.6 million

Vehicles                       $.36     X         *numbers         =          $4,017,600                  $3.7 million

CNG station                 $.04     X         *numbers         =             $446,400                    $.4 million

SubTotal                      $.83     X         *numbers         =          $9,262,800                  $8.7 million

$9,262,800 / $8.7 million = 106.47% of the projected Arlington capital costs are being paid by the Arlington citizens.

– Again, citizens also received no credit/reduction for the current trucks to be used elsewhere within the Republic system.

– Again, citizens also received no credit/reduction for the estimated millions in employee savings Republic is expecting to realize from the change.

Again, why would council members Cluck, Wilemon, Glaspie, Capehart, Shepard, and Bennett, while supposedly representing the citizens, agree to such a sweetheart deal for Republic?

Why would any informed citizen vote for Cluck, Wilemon, or Glaspie this May?

3 Responses to What the #1 Recycling Question Should Have Been

  1. Pat Zask

    March 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Cluck, Wilemon, and Glaspie do not represent the citizens… Why would anyone vote for them?

  2. m

    March 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I think your final tabulation of taxpayer/public reimbursement to Republic is actually low…

    the company has a history of applying for ‘grants’, ‘environmental incentives’, and other back-end rebates, which are ALWAYS funded with taxes, be they on water/utility bills, federal taxes, or at the county/state level.

    So Republic, in the end, could be ‘reimbursed’ MILLIONS more.

    Nice business model, eh? Who would have thought that so much money could be made so easily by fleecing taxpayers, at all levels, all over the country.

  3. dkilly

    March 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Bottom line; $10 million additional costs to Arlington citizen/taxpayers … and NOT A LICK OF VALUE ADDED to those services.

    AND THAT IS JUST FOR THE FIRST TEN YEARS

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