"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have"
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Follow Suit Jefferson County

The Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) has lowered its tipping fees if haulers sign multi-year contracts. This is good news but according to the published figures they will have room to lower fees even more in the future and should do so.

According to the published figures the methane gas power plant should realize $1.64 million in revenue a year with recurring expenses some where around $408,000 for operations and $310,000 for capital expense leaving an annual profit of approximately $900,000.


The other expenses appear to be short term or one time cost of $172,000 for reimbursement to a landfill account and a $300,000 reserve fund probably funded over multiple years for a tipping fee stabilization reserve account.

There is plenty of room to pass greater savings onto the consumer.

And Jefferson County, who just raised the tipping fee at the county transfer station by $4 per ton is no different. If the $4 increase covers the cost necessary to maintain and operate the transfer station and if they suddenly realize a savings from a $2 per ton reduction by DANC, then pass it on to the consumer!

It was intended to be a customer savings, not a county windfall! 

11 comments:

Earthbob said...

Avoiding costs is just as important as receiving revenues.

But, looking for reimbursable costs is important, too.

Have you reviewed the "2008 Annual Report On Local Governments" produced by the State Comptroller's Division of Local Government and School Accountability, dated September 2008?

On page 30, in the Section entitled "Recovering Costs Related to Social Service Programs", Jefferson County is cited as one county amongst five that is not maximizing their claims of reimbursable indirect or direct social services costs.

The five counties left about $1.3 million dollars in additional revenues during the audit period.

The report also states that none of the five counties had established adequate systems to track interdepartmental service costs and submit associated claims for them.

Anonymous said...

Hows about a link to your source so we can determine what you may have left out?

RWiley said...

PIV, you are talking trash again.

And Jefferson is Leaning Left

EvilJam said...

Yep, a $900 Large profit seems a tad high. Seems they could "get by" on $700 Large and pass the $200,000 "savings" on to customers, maybe in the form of a rebate.

Earthbob said...

I am a little bit old fashioned.

I have and read the "2008 Annual Report On Local Governments" produced by the State Comptroller's Division of Local Government and School Accountability", dated September 2008 in its hard copy form.

My prior citation gives you the ability to look it up, doesn't it?

Therefore,your baseless remark that I may have left something out speaks more to your lack of effort in looking it up on your own.

Of course I could always read it to you like a bedtime story...

(chuckle)

Anonymous said...

Wiley has a new blog.You think his screwy stalker from here will follow him there to lend him more of his intelligent insults?

Anonymous said...

After 2 years Rwiley has finally made a funny.

Anonymous said...

Wiley continues to say nothing.

No substance. He is and always will be a moran.
To much inbreeding.

Anonymous said...

A moran? Is that like a morman?

Signed,
the stalker

And no, I won't be following RWiley anywhere. I may be screwy but I'm not nuts.

Anonymous said...

A moran? Is that like a morman?

Signed,
the stalker

And no, I won't be following RWiley anywhere. I may be screwy but I'm not nuts.

Anonymous said...

Once our government gets their hands on money, our money, they rarely give it up. Unless they're going to take more of it back another way. It's the nature of the beast.

But we love it that way. That's what we get when we want Govt to solve all problems. The beast eats a lot.

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