As we approach budget time and start to look forward to the 2019-20 year, there are some difficulties that we can foresee.  The first results from the breakdown in the MIRA plant which receives both our recycling and our garbage.  MIRA has two separate furnaces for combusting our waste.  One of these was shut down for routine maintenance and replacement of some critical components.  During this scheduled shutdown, the other furnace had a catastrophic failure.  The result of this is that an alternate disposal site had to be found to handle the waste of the towns who are participants in the MIRA operation.  The cost of this including trucking and dumping charges leads in excess costs of over $100 per ton. 

 

While MIRA has held some money in reserve to handle issues like these, those funds have long been exhausted during the long period between the failure and the restoration of full operations.  MIRA hopes to be back to full operation sometime in mid-February.  As a consequence, MIRA has warned us of a sizable increase next year in tipping fees of 57%.  This year, we are paying $72 per ton.  Next year, they anticipate increasing this to $113 per ton. Given the fact that we generate about 450 tons per year of garbage, this will amount to an increase of our expense by approximately $18,000.  We hope this is one year problem in that reserves and cost recovery will be done in one year but we do not know that now.

 

Coupled with this is a push by the state, independent of the MIRA problem, to get towns to increase their recycling to 40% of their current levels.  We are well below that figure today.  It is important for all of us to take recycling seriously and to start to consider new initiatives to reduce our waste as a town and as a society.  Tracey Wilson is posting the statistics each quarter at the Transfer Station that detail the activity in tonnages. 

 

Under the direction of Tracey, we will be looking at some innovative ways to reduce waste in our community over time and reach our goal of recycling 40% of our municipal waste.

 

Another issue is that our costs for Region One will increase dramatically in 2019-20 due to FV’s enrollment percentage in the high school.  Because we had one of our largest recent classes graduate from 8th grade a year ago, we anticipate an additional cost of about $240,000 in our budget for Region One expenses.  There is always a one-year lag in calculating enrollment percentages.

 As we approach budget time and start to look forward to the 2019-20 year, there are some difficulties that we can foresee. The first results from the breakdown in the MIRA plant which receives both our recycling and our garbage. MIRA has two separate furnaces for combusting our waste. One of these was shut down for routine maintenance and replacement of some critical components. During this scheduled shutdown, the other furnace had a catastrophic failure. The result of this is that an alternate disposal site had to be found to handle the waste of the towns who are participants in the MIRA operation. The cost of this including trucking and dumping charges leads in excess costs of over $100 per ton.

While MIRA has held some money in reserve to handle issues like these, those funds have long been exhausted during the long period between the failure and the restoration of full operations. MIRA hopes to be back to full operation sometime in mid-February. As a consequence, MIRA has warned us of a sizable increase next year in tipping fees of 57%. This year, we are paying $72 per ton. Next year, they anticipate increasing this to $113 per ton. Given the fact that we generate about 450 tons per year of garbage, this will amount to an increase of our expense by approximately $18,000. We hope this is one year problem in that reserves and cost recovery will be done in one year but we do not know that now.

Coupled with this is a push by the state, independent of the MIRA problem, to get towns to increase their recycling to 40% of their current levels. We are well below that figure today. It is important for all of us to take recycling seriously and to start to consider new initiatives to reduce our waste as a town and as a society. Tracey Wilson is posting the statistics each quarter at the Transfer Station that detail the activity in tonnages.

Under the direction of Tracey, we will be looking at some innovative ways to reduce waste in our community over time and reach our goal of recycling 40% of our municipal waste.

Another issue is that our costs for Region One will increase dramatically in 2019-20 due to FV’s enrollment percentage in the high school. Because we had one of our largest recent classes graduate from 8th grade a year ago, we anticipate an additional cost of about $240,000 in our budget for Region One expenses. There is always a one-year lag in calculating enrollment percentages.

On the positive side, we know that our tax base has increased and will lead to higher revenues, based on our current mill rate, of about $116,000.

Our goal is to keep our expenses down this year as much as possible.

On the positive side, we know that our tax base has increased and will lead to higher revenues, based on our current mill rate, of about $116,000. 

 

Our goal is to keep our expenses down this year as much as possible.