UPDATE: Elkhart city council debate on sew fees continue

Elkhart's mayor put his plan out for public review and now members of the Elkhart City Council are doing the same.

Several options are being presented on how to charge Elkhart County businesses just outside of city limits a fair sewer fee.

On Monday, city council member David Henke proposed a 15 percent user fee for commercial and residential sewer users.

He also laid out an ambitious plan to annex businesses within five years outside of city limits, if feasible.

According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, six members of the council were at Tuesday night’s meeting and agreed with the amendments. They will now head to the city's legal department.

“It’s nice to see that we have bipartisan support from the city council to go with a solution that not only follow laws and the state constitution but solve battles for businesses and residents here in Elkhart,” says business owner Dave Schemenauer.

Wednesday the proposal is expected to be amended to the ordinance and will then be up for a vote on June 17th.

Last week Mayor Moore proposed a third ordinance that would lower sewer fees to 35 percent of the city tax rate. In his first two ordinances, businesses were paying fees based on their assessed property values.

“It's time we actually get back to an ordinance and bring something to the council and the businesses that is equitable to all people. Equitable is a word that has been used by the city administration and council. Equitable to me means a rate based on usage and I believe that's fair,” says Councilman Brian Dickerson.

On June 17th at the city council meeting, the council will hear the proposal from the mayor and the new amendment proposed by David Henke.

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