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mayorFIX THE PROBLEM OR CUT SEWER RATES

Now is the time to move forward with our plan to comply with a federal mandate to fix sewer overflows in the Ohio River. If we aren't going to the fix the problem, then the residents of Jeffersonville deserve a break.

I'm concerned that some city officials advocate either scraping or delaying the city's plan. People were told they had to pay higher sewer bills so the city could comply with the EPA mandate. It's unfair to keep those sewer rates in place if we aren't going to move forward with the projects that we said we were going to do.

If the city does not move forward with the project, I propose the City Council reduce existing sewer rates by 20% along with the delaying of next year's scheduled rate hike.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring that Jeffersonville decrease the amount of sewage that overflows into the Ohio River, which the city plans to do through a combined sewer overflow interceptor, or a large pipe, placed underground.

In 2009, the City Council raised sewer rates through five phases beginning in 2011 and ending next year. This was done before I came into office in January 2012.

I don't support raising sewer rates anymore. I do support doing what we promised to do – fix the problem in the most cost efficient manner. But residents shouldn't have to keep paying higher sewer bills while we do nothing.

I am confident that the city has the financial means to pay for the proposed interceptor project without raising sewer rates beyond those already approved by the City Council. An analysis conducted this past summer by the city's financial advisor, Umbaugh and Associates, demonstrates there's enough money to finance the $44 million project.

The sooner we act the sooner we can get out from under the EPA. I see no benefit in waiting and studying the issue while residents pay higher sewer bills.

Mayor Mike Moore

Mayor Mike Moore Advocates for Fixing Sewer Overflow

IMG 0410Mayor Mike Moore spoke at a press conference on October 15, 2014. The Mayor advocated for Jeffersonville to comply with a federal mandate to fix sewer overflowins in the Ohio River. 

STEAMBOAT DAYS

steamboat 2After 15 years, the City of Jeffersonville is proudly bringing back Steamboat Days! The festivities will be held October 17th-19th, 2014 in conjunction with the Belle of Louisville's 100th Birthday Celebration. Come for music, food, arts, steamboats and family!  Learn about the benefits of sponsoring below. 

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RIVERSTAGE

riverstage_logoThe RiverStage is Southern Indiana's premier outdoor entertainment venue. The 2014 events schedule will again include Broadway on the River, Rolling Out the Weekend concerts and Twilight Cinema, all free to the public. In June Jeffersonville will host the fourth annual Smokin' On The River, a BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival. Find out more on the RiverStage's new website.

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JEFF MAIN STREET

mainstreetJeffersonville Main Street Inc. is a nonprofit organization working to continue the revitalization of the commercial and residential districts of downtown Jeffersonville. Be sure to check out their website for information about upcoming community events, the Jeffersonville Farmers Market, Concerts in the Park, and other news.

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JEFF PARKS DEPT

The Jeffersonville Parks Department has a great lineup of programs and activities for all ages! The new website features bios on every park in Jeffersonville as well as events and activities.

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