Councilman Jehl presents alternate plan to pay for city solid waste

Published: Jun. 7, 2022 at 10:53 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Fort Wayne City Councilman Russ Jehl (R-2nd District) presented an alternate plan to pay for the City’s new solid waste provider Tuesday.

Councilman Jehl says at this point, no plan has been formally presented by the City administration to pay for the service which will include an increased price of $2.85 a month. Jehl says the cost difference between GFL and bulk service and the failed Red River contract will be approximately $8 million.

Jehl proposes using the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to fully offset the $8 million difference. Jehl says the federal government has already given the City about $51 million in ARPA funds to balance out the effects of the pandemic on local government.

Jehl says using the ARPA funds will mean there is no reason to increase rates to pay for the new contractor. Jehl believes that solid waste costs will still need to be addressed because of inflation, but says those rate increases would be relatively small compared to the large rate increases suggested by the City.

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