TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The final stages for funding the city of Terre Haute turned over to the city council. In Thursday’s night’s sunshine meeting, the mayor and city council looked over the last raises of the budget as they prepare to move into the next fiscal year. A year they hope will improve the financial state of the city's biggest fund.
Mayor Duke Bennett presented his plan to get rid of the General Fund deficit over the next few years. If you remember the General Fund pays for police and fire.
What you need to know is this:
The mayor's plan lowers spending from certain departments and also looks for a way to raise more money for the general fund.
One place the mayor and city council did agree on spending was giving just over 2% raises to city workers.
As far as the impact on the budget, the raises have a total cost around $48,000 extra.
Mayor Bennett said this isn't something they've done for those workers in the last few years.
"I wanted to take care of them now while we could. We can fund that and it's built into the budget,” Bennett said.
“We’ve had several years with no raises (and) a lot of our employees are making less than they were when I first took office because of the payroll tax, health insurance increases, their paychecks are actually smaller. So I wanted to do something. "
Thursday night’s church fire in Prairie Creek in Vigo County was still smoldering Friday afternoon.
An assault leaves one man seriously injured.
The warmer weather is a thing of the past, and it's expected to get worse.
Local Marines helped spread some holiday cheer today.
Terre Haute Police filed citations against one Terre Haute towing business earlier this year. Andrews Towing and investigators were in city court Friday morning for the first time.
Seven new Indiana Conservation Officers officially joined the DNR Division of Law Enforcement during graduation ceremonies Friday at the Indiana Government Center South.