$4 million in cuts proposed in next South Bend city budget

first_img Twitter IndianaLocalNews Previous articleSeveral students at New Prairie High School told to quarantineNext articleMore time to get caught up with power bills in Indiana 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook WhatsApp $4 million in cuts proposed in next South Bend city budget Google+ Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – August 14, 2020 0 375 (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) South Bend Mayor James Mueller and the City administration presented the overview of the proposed 2021 Budget to the Common Council on Wednesday, Aug. 12.They provided highlights of the administration’s priorities for next year’s budget and as well as a plan to cross the current fiscal landscape in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.Mayor Mueller stated that the city has to chart a new course to navigate the economic downturn caused by the pandemic in addition to the impact of the 2020 fiscal curb.He said good planning, strategic cuts and our healthy cash reserves will help the city weather what he called the fiscal storm.The administration plans to reduce spending by $4 million as compared to the 2020 budget, including a net reduction of 15 full time employee positions, in order to set a sustainable path forward.The presentation kicked off a series of 8 budget hearings to the Common Council each Wednesday at 5 p.m. before final adoption in October.The administration has identified six main priorities for the City’s strategic spending in 2021, which are: Support economic recovery, build reliable infrastructure, expand access to opportunity, reform public safety systems, rebuild vibrant neighborhoods, and protect the vulnerable.Each of those priorities includes specific strategic spending proposals that the administration will provide further detail on in the budget meetings.To see the presentation from the first budget meeting with Common Council, click here. Google+last_img read more

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More first home buyers are investing in this community

first_imgGrishma, her mother, and Pradeep Kharel. Photo: SuppliedYoung couples and families looking to buy their first home have their eyes set on Brentwood Forest at Bellbird Park.With property prices in Brisbane predicted to increase again by more than 5 per cent in 2020 the affordability of housing in the central suburbs of Brisbane may become harder to achieve for first home buyers looking to invest in property.Some buyers have found the solution in the outlying suburbs of Greater Brisbane, where the average home price is currently sitting at $528,000 – around $147,000 less than the median price in the Brisbane Local Government Area.AVID Property Group senior development manager Peter MacLeod said the master-planned community had received more inquiries from couples and families looking to buy their first home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“We are seeing more couples coming to Brentwood Forest in search of the stability that comes with home ownership – they are looking for a place to start and grow their family,” Mr MacLeod said.Grishma and Pradeep Kharel were renting in inner-city Brisbane when they decided the time was right to invest in their own home. They soon realised an inner-city home was not achievable with their budget and started looking into opportunities further away from the Brisbane CBD. “Before buying our home we had been renting less than 15 minutes from the city, but we couldn’t afford to buy a home there,” Ms Kharel said. “We had been looking at several different areas in the area, but Brentwood Forest in Bellbird Park stood out to us.“Brentwood Forest had great utilities and we actually loved the location – it was only half an hour from the city and close to schools, shopping centres and only a seven-minute drive to Springfield Central.”last_img read more

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