TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The city talks money for 2017.
Monday night the city council met with the mayor and local department to discuss city finances. It was part one of the 2017 budget hearing.
Police, fire and wastewater were the three major departments heard at the meeting. While a few cuts were made to police and fire, Mayor Duke Bennett says both departments had about two to three percent increase due to longevity.
With the increases, Bennett says they were still able to decrease the overall general fund of about $1.5 million.
Following the meeting’s end, Bennett says he believes the city is in good shape looking ahead.
“We’ve really reduced most of our budgets. There were a couple of budgets that we raised a little bit because their revenues are up and the cash balances are up. So I feel really good about those funds too,” he said, “Overall this is probably the best position we’ve been in in a while. We still got to deal with the deficit, there’s no question about that. We’re getting to the point where we’ve got most of our funds, almost all of them now, running in the positive.”
The city council will meet on Tuesday for the second part of the budget reading.