Changes in garbage collection are hitting the city of Shreveport in the wallet.
So far residents -- who pay nothing extra for garbage pickup -- haven't been affected. That's even though the city has watched millions in revenue roll passed its landfill -- and even more ahead in 2019.
Less trash is going into Shreveport's landfill on Woolworth Road. That means less money for the city.
And now the next hit -- Bossier City is changing its trash collection. Republic Services, which uses Shreveport's landfill, just lost its contract to haul trash from Bossier.
"Our current provider of trash collection came to us with a proposed price increase that would've affected our base price to our citizens," Bossier City CAO Pam Glorioso explained.
Bossier opened the contract up for bids. And effective January, Live Oak will pick up Bossier's trash and haul it -- not to Shreveport -- but to a landfill in DeSoto Parish. That's expected to cost Shreveport $1.1 million per year, according to data from the outgoing Tyler administration.
Live Oak had already taken another job away from Republic Services -- and the Shreveport landfill. That's the contract with Pratt Industries -- the company that takes recyclables from Shreveport. But they get a lot of non-recyclables that have to go to the landfill. Now, that's a landfill other than Shreveport's, since Live Oak does not contract with the city.
And it adds up. The city of Shreveport says it's averaged losing about $8.5 million the last two years that non-recyclables haven't gone to its landfill. But officials say the city has absorbed that loss.
"There's been some adjustments made in staffing and some movement of money around in the public works department to account for it," says outgoing City Councilman Michael Corbin.
But now, with the loss of landfill revenue from garbage hauled out of Bossier, that could put Shreveport's finances in a bigger bind.
The Shreveport City Council has just passed the budget for next year, with no anticipation of the loss from Bossier.
Corbin says sales tax revenues, which have been rising, could mean the city can avoid passing the cost on to citizens.
"We're just going to have to get into 2019 -- the new administration and the new council -- and see what the revenues really are. How much revenue's coming in. And then make mid-year budget adjustments in 2019," Corbin says.
Live Oak's added workload in Bossier has affected Shreveport in another way -- lost employees and some delayed garbage collection. Live Oak General Manager Roy Walters says they hired seven garbage truck drivers away from Shreveport, giving them at least 25 percent higher pay.