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Moore’s new plan would phase out compact fee

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore said he's now willing to phase out the traditioanal compact fee for commercial customers outside of the city.
Posted on Sept. 23, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 23, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.

ELKHART — Mayor Dick Moore said Monday, Sept. 23, he will propose phasing out the traditional compact sewer fees in favor of a surcharge.

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.

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