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Elkhart City Council sets meetings on salaries, TIF district proposal

Elkhart City Council has scheduled two special meetings.
Posted on Sept. 29, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 29, 2013 at 7:57 p.m.

ELKHART — The city council has scheduled two of its three upcoming special meetings.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the council will meet to consider approving a series of salary ordinances tied to the 2014 budget proposal sought by Mayor Dick Moore.

The council recently conducted three nights of budget reviews, but still needs to vote on the budget proposal before an Oct. 21 deadline.

Wednesday’s meeting could very well prove to be just a procedural step. Council members have not indicated any strong feelings for or against Moore’s proposed 2 percent raise for city workers.

On Oct. 10, the council will meet at 5 p.m. to review the city redevelopment commission’s plan to merge four tax increment finance districts into one.

The city hosted a joint meeting between the city council and the plan commission last month that was poorly attended. When the issue came up earlier this month at a city council meeting, council members said they still had questions and reservations about the plan. Republicans on the council asked for more information and a special meeting to discuss the topic.

Yet to be scheduled is a special meeting for the council to consider Moore’s newest proposal on how the city charges commercial customers outside of the city for sewer service.

Moore has proposed phasing out compact fees and switching to a surcharge that would be determined by a rate study in 2017.

Most Republicans on the council have demanded the city shift to a surcharge, but two of them suggested last week that it should happen before the 2018 timeline proposed by Moore.


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