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Elkhart Chamber of Commerce wants mayor to accept sewer plan

A new sewer ordinance may have been approved in Elkhart, but the debate continues.  The Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce wants Mayor Dick Moore to accept a new usage-based fee for out-of-town utility customers.
Last week, the city council voted 5-4 for that usage-based fee where people outside of city limits would pay a 15% fee on top of what those in Elkhart pay for a few years.
Councilman David Henke drew up the proposal and says eventually those customers would be annexed into the city, where they would pay fees that would help the city grow.
After the vote, Mayor Moore announced that he would veto the ordinance and try and keep what is currently in effect. The Mayor's plan has the people outside the city paying 75% of what people inside the city pay.
The Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce released a statement today asking the mayor to reconsider.
"This issue has brought city government to a standstill for nearly eight months. We have asked Mayor Moore to bring the debate to a close by accepting the council's vote," said Kyle Hannon, president and CEO of the Greater Elkhart Chamber.  "The Chamber has been active on this issue since the beginning. The ordinance passed by the council is very close to what we suggested early on in the process, including an annexation piece to help our city grow."
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