Toledo City Council has rejected a continuation of the current $5.50 trash tax ($3.00 if you recycle) in favor of a sliding scale to bring the total to $10 if you don't recycle and $0 if you do.
This year, people who recycle would pay $2 and those who don't recycle would pay $7. Those amounts would go to $0 and $10 by 2010.
UPDATE: Vote was 8 to 4 ... all new rates go into effect May 1st:
2008: $7 for non-recyclers, $2 for recyclers
2009: $8.50 for non-recyclers, $1 for recyclers
2010: $10 for non-recyclers, $0 for recyclers
FOR the new fee structure: Mike Craig, D. Michael Collins, Joe McNamamra, George Sarantou, Betty Shultz, Mark Sobczak, Tom Waniewski, and Wilma Brown.
AGAINST the new fee structure: Phil Copeland, Frank Szollosi, Lindsay Webb, and Michael Ashford.
Kudos to Lindsay Webb who said during her campaign that she was against a trash fee in any form - and has voted accordingly.
UPDATE as of 8:54 p.m.: Motion to reduce the PERS pickups by 1% failed. Only McNamara, Szollosi and Webb voted to start the process of employees paying more of their own portion of their retirement contributions.
Council also voted to fund the LCIC at $25,000 and add $75,000 for economic development. Currently they are trying to follow how much money they've got to spend to see if they can start a police class in October.
They all look confused...they should have put the numbers up on a board in order to keep track of them because they've all got different figures on their papers and spent several minutes just figuring out how much money they do or don't have...