As a member of the NMWDA, Mr. Locke has a clear conflict of interest since the NMWDA will be significantly benefiting by the placement of its Regional Incinerator in Frederick County.
I would also like to provide some additional information to the LTE Mr. Locke wrote over 2 years ago.
1.) The electricity revenue made by Mont. Co. trash incinerator in fiscal 2007 was $17 Million, but Mr. Locke fails to share that AFTER all revenues are calculated, the subsidy to operate and pay the debt service was $38 Million.
2.) The electricity revenue for fiscal 2008 was $26M, however, Mont. Co. still had costs of nearly $33 Million in order to operate the facility.
3.) How the Mont. Co. incinerator "breaks even" is that there is a System Benefit Charge (as does Fred. Co.) in order to make-up any shortfalls in electricity and ferrous revenues. This "fee" found on the property tax bill is part of what they define as Revenue - please don't assume Revenue is just the electricity revenue. Mr. Locke describes this "fee" as solely a fee to subsidize recycling, but if you were to read the bond prospectus for Mont. Co.'s incinerator the subsidy for its incinerator is also assured by this fee.
4.) The statement that Mont. Co's waste services are "mid-range" may be due in part to the fact that their trash incinerator cost half of what Frederick and Carroll Counties are planning to spend.
5.) Also, please note that the Mont. Co. System Benefit Charge is spread among 4 times the population of Frederick, and an unknown (at least by me) amount of business retail space as compared to Frederick.