The Chesterton Town
Council will hold a public hearing at its next meeting, Sept. 7, on a
proposed increase in the monthly brush and leaf collection fee from $1 to
The fee appears on
residentsí sanitary sewer billing statements.
As Town Attorney
Chuck Lukmann noted at the councilís meeting Monday night, the fee increase
is one of several sources of funding earmarked to make sustainable the
raises which members granted to all municipal employees in April.
--An increase in
the dedicated property-tax rate used to fund Cumulative Capital Improvement
(CCI), from $0.0029 per $100 of assessed valuation to $0.0059. Under state
law, the maximum property-tax rate allowable for CCI is $0.33, about 56
times higher than the new $0.0059 rate. CCI is used for technology
acquisition, among other things, and by increasing CCI revenues the council
now has an alternative source of funding for expenses which had been covered
by the General Fund.
--An annual payment
in lieu of tax from the utility in the amount of $77,751; and a return on
the wastewater treatment plant of $79,544. Both sums have been made over to
the General Fund. Although, as a public utility, the Chesterton Utility does
not pay property taxes, under state law a municipality may collect from a
utility an annual amount equivalent to what the utility would pay in taxes
if it were a private entity. The Utility is paying that amount only on
infrastructure physically installed in the Town of Chesterton, that is, on
its underground collection system and the series of lift stations.
In other business,
members unanimously voted to approve an amendment to the planned unit
development ordinance governing Urschel Laboratories Inc., in the third
addition at Coffee Creek Center.
The amendment, as
Lukmann explained, changes the plan of development to permit Urschel to
install private sidewalks, tracks, paths, and signage on its property.
The amendment was
previously endorsed unanimously by the Advisory Plan Commission.