Stormwater Management Board voted unanimously at its meeting Monday to adopt
a $498,863 budget for 2017.
projects the following:
* Total revenues of
$519,300 from commercial sales, that is, from the revenues generated by the
monthly stormwater fee charged to residents and businesses.
* Total revenues
for operations of $498,300.
* Total expenses of
$498,863. Of that amount, $354,150 is projected for wages, salaries,
pensions, and benefits; $9,200 for materials and supplies; $7,500 for
contractual services; $9,000 for transportation costs; $5,000 for stormwater-quality
outreach and education; $14,400 for miscellaneous expenses; and $99,613 for
debt service on the $800,000 stormwater bond issued in 2011.
* And a net deficit
The 2017 budget
includes the added revenues from the stormwater rate hike which went into
effect on Aug. 9, following a public hearing and the Town Council’s
unanimous approval in July. Under that hike, the base rate paid by
residential users of the stormwater system went from $4.15 to $4.65; the
variable rate from $1.95 to $2.18; and the total rate from $6.15 to $6.83.
The rate had remained unchanged since first established 10 years ago, in
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve a contract with Floor 13 Studios of
ValparaisoÑfor $40 per hour, not to exceed $1,500Ñfor the production of
marketing and promotional materials used by the Stormwater Utility to
fulfill its public outreach and education requirements under the federally
mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program.
Utility had previously been outsourcing those requirements to the
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission but Stormwater
Superintendent Mark O’Dell told the board that the utility “can get a better
bang for its buck” through Floor 13 Studios.
The board also
unanimously agreed to write off $1,155.46 in uncollectable accounts, left
outstanding after residents sold their homes and moved out of town.