City Council hears more on sewer rate increase, storm water fee

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – City council held their monthly Sunshine Meeting Thursday.

The topics were very similar to meetings the council as held in the past.

A tabled sewer rate increase was talked about.

As well as a new hybrid option of a sewer rate increase and storm water fee.

The potential sewer rate increase was still proposed at 33 percent.

That 33 percent would help cover a $42 million bond issue for the long term control plan.

With the hybrid plan, the storm water fee was brought back in to play.

It was explained that the proposed fees are about half of what they were with the original proposal.

Brad Speidel who works for the mayor spoke out on behalf of residents.

Airing his frustrations about the continued talks about the fees, and urging the council to go with what he believes is most fair for everybody.

“I can’t be silent, because the churches they do great things, but I’m telling you what, if you do a 33 percent increase on top of the 52 percent, those churches are going to have to serve a whole lot more people because a whole lot more people because there’s going to be a whole lot more people that are not going to be able to pay their sewer bill,” Speidel said.

Council members still have many questions about the hybrid plan as well as the sewer rate increase.

The council requested four specific pieces of information.

They want a debt service schedule, an amount to know how much money is needed to fund that 125 percent debt service coverage.

They also want to know what kind of bond series the city will take out.

And they want to know how much money is needed for the city to take out the $42 million bond.

Council members say they know they have to do something.

The question they want a firm answer to is how much.

City council meets on Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m.

That’s when the next vote will be held on how they want to move forward.