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Goshen City Council passes $69.8 million 2022 budget

City of Goshen, Indiana
City of Goshen

The Goshen City Council unanimously approved the city’s $69.8 million 2022 budget Tuesday night.

Mayor Jeremey Stutsman told the council last month that the city currently has the largest cash balance in decades, with 16 months — or 135 percent — worth of reserves.

The city’s 2022 budget was developed with a focus on spending down some of those reserves.

That includes investments in infrastructure such as repaving streets and upgrading parks, equipment and a 7 percent raise for Goshen police and 3.5 percent raises for all city employees.

Stutsman also told the council in September that he wants to keep around six months, or 50 percent, of cash reserves going forward. He said that’s in line with recommendations from the state of Indiana and the city’s financial advisors to keep between two and six months of cash reserves.

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Jakob Lazzaro came to Indiana from Chicago, where he graduated from Northwestern University in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and a double major in History. Before joining WVPE, he wrote NPR's Source of the Week e-mail newsletter, and previously worked for CalMatters, Pittsburgh's 90.5 WESA and North by Northwestern.