Parksville to make $62K profit for solid waste services

Revenue from traffic tickets, fingerprinting expected to decrease

The City of Parksville will see a net profit of around $62,200 for their Solid Waste services.

Lucky Butterworth, director of finance with the City of Parksville, presented the five-year solid waste budget to council at a Feb. 4 meeting.

He said the city’s solid waste and recycling pickup, and billing rates, are administered and established by the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN).

“We’re basically a subcontractor for the RDN, for their billing and collections, so we collect fees on behalf of the RDN,” Butterworth said. “When we do our semi-annual billing for water and sewer we tack on a garbage charge and the RDN gives us a 10 per cent discount on the contract price.”

Butterworth said the cost for the collection contract that the city is billed for by the RDN is projected at $684,200 for 2019.

“The collection contract costs that the RDN bills us for monthly, there’s a 6.4 per cent increase for 2019 and a two per cent growth factor,” Butterworth said. “Not sure why rates have gone up that much.”

In terms of revenues, Buterworth said the solid waste budget is projecting $819,600.

Garbage bag tag sales, at $3 each, will amount to about $11,400 for 2019.

“The garbage tag purchase cost for us is $10,800. Compared to the revenue… we make about $600 for that.”

Total solid waste expenditures are budgeted at $695,000.

“When you put those all together in the 2019 budget we end up with a net profit of around $62,200,” Butterworth said.

Butterworth touched on the notion that the RDN is looking to switch to an automated garbage pickup system but he didn’t know how if would effect garbage rates.

“That hasn’t been communicated to us yet,” he said.

• Butterworth also presented the 2019 budget for the Oceanside RCMP.

“The RCMP expenditures, the biggest one is the RCMP contract which is $2.2 million, there’s 17 RCMP officers and we pay 70 per cent of their costs,” he said. “That’s the total cost to outfit an officer including an allocation of vehicles, their weapons, jackets, everything that goes along with an officer in addition to their wages.”

The city also pays 70 per cent of the $164,000 of allowed overtime.

Total revenues for 2019 are projected at $127,000 while total expenditures are estimated at $2.8 million.

“Revenues have gone down a little bit and part of that is because of the loss in the fees for fingerprinting that we used to get and also a decrease in the traffic fine revenue,” Butterworth said.

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