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Terre Haute, Ind., Mayor Eyes Monthly Trash Fee to Lessen Deficit

Terre Haute, Ind., Mayor Eyes Monthly Trash Fee to Lessen Deficit

Facing deficit cash balances, Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett says city government has to reconsider charging residents a trash-hauling fee.

"We have to go back and revisit the trash fee," the mayor told the Tribune-Star on Wednesday. "Every city has a trash fee but us, pretty much, in the state. The general fund pays a $2.5 million per year [trash] contract. We are paying that bill with $9 million less coming in" annually to the city's general fund from property tax collections as a result of state property tax caps approved by Indiana voters in 2010, the mayor said.

Bennett has stated that a fee of $9.25 per month to the city's approximately 23,000 households would generate about $2.6 million. Instituting a trash fee, however, would require approval from the Terre Haute City Council.

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