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Terre Haute Mayor Wants City to Consider Trash-Service Fee

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) _ The mayor of Terre Haute says the city should consider adding a fee for trash service as it faces a deficit.
 
Mayor Duke Bennett says a $9.25 trash-hauling fee would raise about $2.6 million, and that providing the service costs Terre Haute $2.5 million a year. He says the city is seeing $9 million less in revenue annually since a cap on property taxes was approved by Indiana voters in 2010.
 
The city council would have to approve a fee for trash service.
 
The Tribune-Star reports the mayor had expected a $3 million advance payment from a company in a deal to make sewer sludge into diesel fuel. But the payment was delayed.
 
According to the Indiana State Board of Accounts, Terre Haute's general fund had a negative cash and investment balance of $5.4 million at the end of 2014.

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