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Elkhart’s Compact fees help fund Lerner, trash removal and much more
Elkhart’s Compact fees help fund Lerner, trash removal and much more
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 Posted 6/30/2013 3:00:40 PM
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Shouldn't our city council be fighting for solvency within the city, including those things that bring businesses to reside in the city and contribute to it? 

I don't understand this council. They should run for county offices because they are advocating policies that benefit county but hurt the people they vowed to help. 

Where is your focus? Who are you working with? Outside interests. Not me! They cannot vote for you but I can! 

And won't!
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 Posted 6/30/2013 3:44:41 PM
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The compact fee is not meant to be a perpetual revenue stream. It is meant as a temporary fee until annexation occurs. The city has had expired contracts with business and residents for years. Elkhart did not pursue annexation to continue the revenue stream into the Greater Elkhart Fund, where money could be used for other purposes other than utilities, and not provide services such as trash pickup and snow plowing of roads. There are various charges for various businesses and residents, none of which is fair across the board.

Due to the utility not keeping up with contracts, "deals" the Mayor made without council approval, varying charges, no pursuit of annexation, many  issues have come to light. 

Why Elkhart needs $200,000 for annexation plans I do not understand as there should be an annexation plan in place already. The plan should have been part of the increased compact fees and ordinance Mayor Moore has been trying to implement. Hopefully that will be addressed in the council meeting.

While there will be a loss of revenue stream, Elkhart will not be hurting as much as stated. Elkhart had $2.65 million of excess funds left from the last fiscal budget year, thereby indicating many people have been overcharged.  Citizens cautioned the Mayor and council to not spend this money but hold it in reserve for the next budget year and hopefully taxes could be decreased. How many dollars are left? 

Mr. Henke is correct. Do not shackle business that create jobs. Do not shackle the Elkhart taxpayer---but that is another issue for another time.
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 Posted 7/1/2013 2:53:27 AM
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This is typical of government.  

Plan the fee for one reason, then rob that fund to use it everywhere else.  Then complain that the original "fee" isn't covering costs.

We need to wise up!
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 Posted 7/1/2013 3:34:38 AM
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This is the mayor's go-to response.  We heard it last year when he tried to impose a trash fee.  "If we can't collect this fee (or tax), these amenities will disappear."  And yet, the jazz festival still happened and the Lerner Theatre remains operational. 

This is the most idiotic strategy to try and sell his agenda.  Taxpayers are supposed to feel sorry for the city?  I don't think so.
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 Posted 7/1/2013 3:53:24 AM
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....and poof!  I pull a trash fee out of my hat!  Once again, trash services have made their way into the conversation.  
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 Posted 7/1/2013 4:20:04 AM
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Mayor Moore has notified the council and public he will try to institute the trash fee again. The public cautioned Mayor Moore and the council to keep the $2.65 million of excess funds in reserve for the next budget year. The money is being spent. The public and council majority defeated Mayor Moore twice on his attempt to implement a trash fee. The public will constructively debate against this fee again if needed. 

If the government, large or small, stays out of the way of the people, much more will be accomplished with a lot less money being wasted and/or expended.
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 Posted 7/1/2013 4:50:15 AM
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Seems Mr. Henke and the council members supporting his bad policy did not do their homework.  Last time I checked these people were elected BY THE CITIZENS OF ELKHART to represent the interests of THE CITIZENS OF ELKHART.  Obviously, these companies OUTSIDE OF THE CITY are promising big bucks for re-election campaigns if they get a sweetheart deal.  They can't vote but they can contribute.  Those members of the city council supporting Mr. Henke need to be voted out of office for dereliction of duty - putting the interests of contributers ahead of the citizens they are supposed to represent.
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 Posted 7/1/2013 5:04:59 AM
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If anyone thinks the mayor has your interest at heart. I have a bridge I would like to sell you. The only thing he cares about is keeping his 3 pensions funded. 
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Anybody in the city checked their sewer bill lately to see the new fee that was added to our bills too! This along with the increase sure slid by unoticed and under the radar while everyone else was concentrating on these fees that are already being paid!

Leaves me wondering if Mayor Moore attended the "fool em and trick em" conference in Chicago?
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