$70 million sewer bond proposal withdrawn, other measures approved

The Terre Haute city council was scheduled to vote on a $70 million sewer bond Thursday night but instead the administration withdrew the proposal.

Posted: Nov 9, 2017 10:19 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Terre Haute city council was scheduled to vote on a $70 million sewer bond Thursday night but instead the administration withdrew the proposal.

During a special meeting last week, the council took two hours to discuss the sewer bond issue and express the frustration over the $70 million request.

Terre Haute City Council President Karrum Nasser says the votes were not there to pass the plan.

The council was told the bond would be $42 million when they passed a sewer rate increase last year. Nasser says the jump to $70 million was not palatable to the council.

"At the end of the day I have to be able to tell my constituents when we vote on a particular item why we voted that way and I don't think currently we were able to do that."

Nasser says the administration will come back with a new plan in the Fall. The city will issue the $15 miilion revenue bond that the Sanitary District has authority over to start the design process. Nasser says the administration has offered to have council members participate.

The board also approved several measures including a resolution to extend the temporary revolving loan for the redevelopment commission.

The vote was not unanimous. Nasser voted no as did three other council members.

“Our redevelopment money is to be used for redevelopment purposes. It’s supposed to be a tool to increase out tax base and if we’re going to be taking those resources away then we’re not going to be able to fix out tax base and add to it.”

The city council approved amendments to the Fire Prevention Code.

Now Terre Haute fire safety officials will take the code to the commission in Indianapolis for approval. According to officials, the ordinance includes a fee to businesses for an annual fire inspection. The money will be used to fund fire prevention efforts.


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