The Chesterton Town
Council has taken the next necessary step in making the raises granted to
all municipal employees in April sustainable.
At their meeting
Monday night, members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution authorizing “a
payment in lieu of taxes and return on the sewage treatment plant from the
Chesterton sewage works.”
What that means is
this: the Chesterton Utility is making over to the town two sums, and will
do so on an annual basis:
¥A payment in lieu
of taxes in the amount of $77,571. As a public utility, the Chesterton
Utility does not pay property taxes, but under state law a municipality
may collect from a utility an annual amount equivalent to what the
utility would pay in property taxes if it were a private entity. Of
course, the Chesterton wastewater treatment plant is actually located in the
Town of Porter, so the Utility is paying a payment in lieu of taxes on its
infrastructure installed in the Town of Chesterton: that is, its underground
collection system and the series of lift stations.
¥A return on the
wastewater treatment plant of $79,544. Or as the resolution states more
specifically, “the reasonable return on the utility plant that should be
charged to the town’s municipal sewage works.”
Both sums will be
deposited into the town’s General Fund.
business, Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, asked Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie
Kuziela to place under New Business on the agenda for the council’s next
meeting, Aug. 27, a proposed increase of the monthly brush and leaf
collection fee paid by residents on their sanitary sewer bills: from $1 to
Members are likely
to schedule at the Aug. 27 meeting a public hearing on the proposed
increase, to be held sometime in September.
increase in the brush and leaf collection fee is also intended to make the
municipal employee raises sustainable going forward.