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Published: Tuesday, 6/4/2013

Perrysburg City Council unanimously approves trash, recycling levy for Nov. ballot

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Perrysburg City Council today unanimously approved the finances behind a 1-mill replacement levy for city trash and recycling services that will be on the November ballot.

The Wood County Auditor's Office has estimated that the levy that the Perrysburg City Council approved in April  for the Nov. 5 ballot would generate $572,922 in its first year if passed.

David Creps, Perrysburg financial director and city clerk, said the levy would cost the homeowner of a $100,000 house $30.62 annually. He said it is a levy that is renewed every two years. A $100,000 homeowner currently pays about $100 annually for the levy. 

Council member Todd Grayson said the new Toters provided by the city has increased recycling from 18 percent to 31 percent. 

City officials have predicted that the levy's millage could be reduced in the near future with the more efficient Toters and improved service. New service trucks also lower the cost of pickup because they reduce labor costs and the number of workers needed. 

In other council news: 

Sara Weisenburger was sworn by Mayor Nelson Evans before the council meeting. Mrs. Weisenburger was appointed to council a week ago after Maria Ermie stepped down at the end of April for health reasons.

Mrs. Weisenburger will serve on the personnel, finance, and economic development committees, Council President Joe Lawless said. The term ends Dec. 31. Mrs. Weisenburger said she plans to run in the fall to retain the position, which pays $6,500 annually.



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