Utility board to review mobile home park billing method

2013-08-17T00:00:00Z Utility board to review mobile home park billing methodJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The Utility Services Board is looking at changing the way it charges mobile home parks for sanitary sewer services.

Presently, all but one mobile home park is billed the residential fee of $23.50 per month per lot. Camelot Manor and Estate mobile home parks are being charged based on the number of trash toters dropped off at the park earlier this year.

The discussion began when a representative of Camelot approached the board about both sanitary and stormwater charges. The park had previously been charged based on a monthly report provided to the city by the park on the number of occupied mobile homes.

Mayor James Snyder, who chairs the utility board, said the stormwater fee should be based on the number of lots, whether or not they are occupied. He said that won't change.

However, Snyder said the city is investigating changing the way parks are billed on sanitary sewers. Ideally, he said, they should be billed based on usage, more similar to commercial property.

"I believe usage will be more accurate to bill," said Snyder, adding it may take some time to change the system.

Usage would be based on water service to the park and the city doesn't own the water company. Snyder said the department is working on how to determine usage so that the billing method can be changed.


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