Goshen council says no to rental registration fee increase
GOSHEN — Rental property owners don’t have to worry about their registration fees increasing for now, as the city council voted down the proposed increase by a 4-3 vote at Tuesday night’s meeting, March 19.
Tabled from previous meetings, the proposed amendment to the city’s building department fee ordinance would have raised the biennial registration from $30 to $40.
Council president Jim McKee was the most vocal opponent of the fee increase over the last several meetings, saying he didn’t believe the council should increase the fee just months after raising it from $25 to $30.
Councilwoman Julia Gautsche made a motion to pass the ordinance Tuesday night, but change the date so that the ordinance would not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2014.
Through Gautsche’s motion passed, the overall ordinance did not, leaving the fee at $30, at least for the time being.
Mayor Allan Kauffman said after the meeting that the issue may come up again nearer to the time the city begins working on the 2014 budget.
Another long-standing issue for the council brought up Tuesday was the topic of establishment of council districts.
The council had continually tabled the issue since its first appearance in December 2012, but was presented with three additional options to the original proposal.
The issue of redistricting remained unresolved, however, as McKee stated he wished for more time to work on his own proposal and the ability to distribute it to the rest of council for their consideration.
The council then voted in favor of tabling the district ordinance until the April 9 meeting.