Vigo Co. looking at jail study, paving roads

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) Where does your tax money go? Tuesday night, was the first part of a lengthy budget process for Vigo County. This year the county council has some key projects in mind.

It might not be the most entertaining scene, but what happened Tuesday night is the process that will shape the 2015 year for Vigo County; beginning with the first reading of the county budget.

“I just want the taxpayer to know the auditors department and the majority of the council has put over 300 hours in the budget this year,” Vigo County Councilman Rick Burger said.

Where can you expect to see your taxes in action?

It’s only the first reading, but budget chairman Rick Burger said they’d like to address the Vigo County jail problem. Especially with the over crowded inmate situation.

“Sending them to Vincennes or sending them to Clay County, you know that’s $35 per inmate per day,” Burger said. “We gotta look at what do we need to take care of the needs. That’s why the sheriff’s got to working on these details for us.”

While it seems like a lifetime ago, the dreadful winter of 2014 has also put part of the county’s infrastructure on the priority list.

“We want to do the best we can to get some of these roads back into good condition too,” Burger said. “That’s a priority too is paving roads. That’s what tax payers pay, to have good roads to drive on.”

However, Tuesday night was just the first reading. The proposed budget so far comes in around $64 million. That’ll have to be pared down as the month goes on.

“Then we come back in two days in August and sit down with each department and show them what their budget will be at that point and time,” Burger said.

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