If you believe the Refuse Fee is not a legal form of revenue for the City or if you want to protest this additional fee, it is requested you file a formal protest when you pay the bill or send it to the City. Join the fight, be included, let your voice be heard. Here is the format for the protest:
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code § 2723.03, I hereby notify the City of Toledo that I am paying the “refuse fee” under protest. Whether construed as a “tax,” “fee,” or “assessment,” the “refuse fee” is unlawful for the following reasons:
The “refuse fee” essentially functions as a property tax; and
The Ohio Constitution requires a referendum before such an assessment may be levied.
For the reasons stated above, I intend to sue under Revised Code §§ 2723.01-2723.05 for the purpose of recovering this unlawful appropriation in its entirety.