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City Budget Needs To Be Cut


Bad news for the city budget of Terre Haute.

The city has been told to cut $1.2 million from its proposed 2013 budget by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.

The state approved about $47 million in city government spending, including $33 million in the general fund, which covers day-to-day expenses.

Most of the cut will come from the transit department and fire department pensions.

The mayor says that firefighter pensions are guaranteed, so the proposed $270,000 cut in the pensions will have to come from other parts of the budget.

The Department of Finance is calling for about 37 % or $836,000 to be cut from the city’s transit department, which is the city’s bus system.

Another area that falls under the budget cutting axe is the call for a 12 % percent or $74,000 cut in the city’s cemetery budget and another $10,000 will need to be cut from the parks department.