Sewer fee compromise by Elkhart mayor includes switch to surcharge
Posted: 09/23/2013 at 12:56 pm
By: Dan Spalding
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Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore speaks to a mix of media, city employees and citizens during a press conference at city hall Thursday, June 6, 2013. The mayor announced the recommendations of the compact fee task force, which was comprised of a mix of elected officials, local business owners from within the city limits and outside of the city limits. Moore announced Monday, Sept. 23, another proposal featuring components favored by his opponents. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
Moore’s newest proposal aimed at ending the compact sewer dispute will be received by council Monday.
Specifically, Moore is seeking to decrease the compact fee for all commercial customers outside of the city from the current 75 percent to 35 percent in 2014.
Under Moore’s plan, those customers would have to sign on to the new policy, which would be known as a “Pre Annexation Fee” agreement.
Moore’s willingness to eventually accept the use of a surcharge represents a significant shift since commercial customers and Republicans on council have demanded the city switch from a compact fee policy a surcharge based on usage.
A rate study for the surcharge would be conducted in 2017 and take effect in 2018.
The proposal will likely be assigned to a council committee Monday night for future consideration.