Terre Haute city council approved the city’s budget for 2017 with a unanimous vote Thursday night. That unanimous vote came after even more budget cuts were agreed upon.
Councilman Earl Elliot brought the budget down by tens of thousands in some areas with his suggestions tonight, which totaled $272,500.
Council members say the city is now moving forward with a budget that has a surplus of $872,000.
Mayor Duke Bennett says, “we’ve just been working through it. I guess is the best way to put it. Tonight with just a few more reductions that were offered by councilman Elliot. We’ve got one of the best budgets we’ve had in several years. We’re moving in the right direction. That’s the bottom line. We can continue to fund the activities that we need to do, and put ourselves in a position where we’re putting some cash back to be able to build ourselves up.”
While the budget has been approved, that’s not to say it’s necessarily finalized.
Council members are still able to propose changes, and have stated that they plan to do so next month. Council members would like to propose roughly $200,000 more in cuts to reach a surplus of over $1,000,000.