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Published: Thursday, 6/6/2013

Perrysburg OKs finances for potential trash levy on November ballot


Perrysburg City Council on Tuesday 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 the levy the Perrysburg City Council approved in April for the Nov. 5 ballot would generate $572,922 in its first year if it 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 taxpayer with a $100,000 home currently pays about $100 annually for the levy.

Council member Todd Grayson said Toters provided by the city have boosted recycling from 18 percent to 31 percent.

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

Meanwhile, 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 in April for health reasons. Mrs. Weisenburger will serve on the personnel, finance, and economic development committees, Council President Joe Lawless said. Her term ends Dec. 31. She said she plans to run to retain the position.

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