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Stormwater Management Board adopts 2017 budget

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The Chesterton Stormwater Management Board voted unanimously at its meeting Monday to adopt a $498,863 budget for 2017.

That budget 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 of $563.

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 2006.


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.

The Stormwater 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.


Posted 12/22/2016




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