Elkhart residents could soon be paying more for trash removal.
Mayor Dick Moore will send a trash fee ordinance to the city council Monday proposing changes to the way the city pays for trash services.
The ordinance would charge a monthly fee of $11.35 cents starting in January. It would apply to people in residential units or in apartment complexes with fewer than four units.
The ordinance would also change the definition of residential units to exclude mobile home communities. They would be put in the same category as apartments, meaning the city wouldn't help out with trash removal at all. Apartment complexes in Elkhart handle their own trash removal.
The ordinance is meant to offset a $10.5-million reduction in tax dollars in 2013. The mayor's office estimates that the ordinance would save $143,000 just by removing mobile home communities from the residential trash services.