Elkhart plans to cut $1.6 million from budget

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore says the city needs to cut $1.6 million from its budget after a proposed trash and recycling fee ordinance failed.

Money collected as part of that proposed ordinance would have helped make up for the city's loss of $10.5 million in property tax revenues.

Moore says now the gap will have to be closed through reducing the city's operating costs.

“I would say that we'll not be quite as effective as we were, I know we won't be quite as efficient, we're not going to be as quick at things being done, but we're going to see a difference in the city of Elkhart,” said Mayor Dick Moore.

Moore said the proposed cuts will go before the council September 18th.

As part of the proposed reductions, at least seven open positions won't be filled and one position will be eliminated.

The city is also going to cut back on part-time, overtime and temporary funding.

On top of that, police and fire employees will be forced to take unpaid furlough days, saving the city $369,995.

To see Mayor Moore's complete list of potential cuts, read the letter attached to this story.

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