Pub­lic mum on trash agency’s 2018 spend­ing plan

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

The pub­lic was silent Wednesday on the Ul­ster County Re­source Re­cov­ery Agency’s pro­posed $14.6 mil­lion bud­get for 2018.

In fact, no one from the pub­lic at­tended the sched­uled hear­ing on the bud­get, which is about 3.6 per­cent larger than this year’s spend­ing plan but leaves tip­ping fees and pull charges at cur­rent lev­els.

Tip­ping fees — the amount the agency charges waste haulers to dis­pose of what they’ve col­lected — will re­main at $103 per ton for solid waste and con­struc­tion/de­mo­li­tion de­bris and $20 per ton for sin­gle-stream re­cy­clables.

The bud­get an­tic­i­pates $13 mil­lion in rev­enue from tip­ping fees in 2018, up 1.05 per­cent from this year.

Pull charges — what the agency charges mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for it to empty con­tain­ers at trans­fer sta­tions — will re­main at $75 per visit next year. The agency’s 2017 bud­get raised the pull charge by about 21 per­cent.

Re­source Re­cov­ery Agency Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Tim Rose said the tip­ping fees and pull charges can re­main at their 2017 lev­els be­cause the agency has kept its pro­ject costs low.

“We’ve done a lot of the work our­selves on cap­i­tal projects,” he said.

Salar­ies in the agency’s 2018 bud­get to­tal $1.64 mil­lion, an in­crease of 5.1 per­cent from this year. Em­ployee health in­sur­ance costs paid by the agency are ex­pected to be $641,891, up 11 per­cent.

The bud­get also fore­casts huge rev­enue jumps in two ar­eas: 41.6 per­cent from fuel sur­charges levied on mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and 54.7 per­cent from the sale of ma­te­ri­als.

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