Elkhart trash fee ordinance voted down

By: Newscenter 16 Email
By: Newscenter 16 Email

After two amendments and a heated debate, Elkhart's ordinance to impose a trash fee was voted down by the city council 5-4 on Monday night.

It was standing room only in Elkhart's Council Chambers with 26 people speaking out about the trash fee ordinance.

It was originally set to cost residents $11.35 for solid waste collection, recycling and disposal.

Mayor Dick Moore said with property tax caps years ago, his administration has had to cut the budget as much as possible.

With the trash fee, the city could save $2 million dollars.

“If you want to continue serving the city of great people, who expect and deserve the best then you will vote, there is no reason for this city to fall into disrepair, and no reason and cripple jazz festival, economic development is expensive but also very necessary,” argued Mayor Moore.

The mayor then compromised and made exemptions for those that couldn't afford it after the council voted it down.

Then the mayor compromised again by cutting the fee in half and it was also rejected.

The money will now have to come out of next year's budget.

This marks the second time in four years the council has voted down establishing a fee.

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