2017 Terre Haute State of the City Address

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It’s make-up day for the State of the City Address in Terre Haute. Mayor Duke Bennett canceled last week due to sickness, but felt up to the address today.

Not only is he feeling better, but he says the city is better off as well this year. With lower crime, major projects completed, and a balanced budget, the mayor says this is one of the better addresses he’s been able to give.

Investing in Terre Haute and improving the quality of life was the main theme of Mayor Duke Bennett’s State of the City address Wednesday.

“There’s a real positive thing going on right now, and so from a momentum perspective Terre Haute and Vigo County’s doing very well, and we need to all celebrate, and look at that as people are investing in our community,” says Mayor Bennett.

Several multimillion-dollar projects were completed in 2016, including upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. But the work to improve the city isn’t done. Fixing the police station is still a high priority.

“We wanted to start construction last year. That was our original goal, but for a variety of financial things we need to deal with, and just with the jail coming along. There’s been a whole bunch of things that have kind of put it on the back burner, and not intentionally. It just kind of fell that way. We are going to build a new police station. No question about it,” says Mayor Bennett.

While some projects have been delayed, others never came to pass. Bringing a casino to Terre Haute was approved locally, but voted down at the state level.

“It’s dead for this session no question, but next session, the legislature is going to have to do something with casinos and gaming revenue,” says Mayor Bennett.

And the mayor is holding out hope that his city will be involved.

“I think that there’s a chance that there will be some future discussion, and hopefully that will impact Terre Haute,” says Mayor Bennett.

Finding out more about the casino is the main reason Terre Haute resident Jacob Brough attended the address.

“Main excitement was how he was talking about the casino on how the idea’s not dead, because I think it would become a really big benefit for Terre Haute and the state of Indiana,” says Brough.

Mayor Bennett’s financial goal for 2017 is to pass a balanced general budget again, and reduce the deficit by $750,000.

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