Since roughly 1970 Miami Township had provided trash service and leaf collection through the support of two property tax levies. These levies covered the cost for household trash collection, leaf collection and material recycling services for Miami Township residents. In 2012, residents voted down one of the two levies which required the township to change the way it provides service.
As of June 1, 2013, the waste disposal program in Miami Township moved to a residential fee system. Contracts are negotiated by the township every three years (with two option years available) to secure the lowest rate for all residents of the community. Residents are billed directly by the waste hauler quarterly if they choose to have the service. Residents may opt out of the program by calling the waste hauler directly. Miami Township receives no compensation, franchise fees or benefits from this contract.
Due to the Trash Levy failure in 2012, the expenses to collect leaves are not reimbursed to the General Fund and are now an unfunded additional expense to Miami Township's budget. Modifications to the Leaf Collection program were necessary to minimize the negative monetary impact on the General Fund budget. The program's budget has been reduced from over $100,000 in 2009 to approximately $75-90,000 in 2014 and beyond. Reduction in funding resonates through a reduction in services, but the Public Works Department continually assesses operations to maximize efficiency. To find out more about the history of the trash levy and the current contract Click Here.