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Mishawaka Common Council unanimously approves 2023 budget

Mayor Dave Wood speaks to the Common Council about the 2023 budget.
Mayor Dave Wood speaks to the Common Council about the 2023 budget.

The Mishawaka Common Council unanimously approved the city’s 2023 budget Monday night. It’s just over $64 million, around 8.6 percent more than last year. Mayor Dave Wood said much of that cost increase is due to inflation.

“We’re all impacted by it at home,” Wood said. “Well, that means we’re impacted many times over here at the city with everything that we buy.”

But he told the council earlier this month that the 2023 budget is still balanced, as the city is dipping into its cash reserves to cover the planned increases.

Wood said public safety is a major focus this year. That includes around $800,000 dollars to hire more police officers and firefighters, as well as $356,000 to buy a fourth city ambulance.

Other budgetary increases include funds for IT to service city security cameras, increased gas and supply costs for city vehicles and pedestrian safety improvements around Twin Branch Park.

There’s also funding for office and other supplies, as the city recently moved into its new city hall at 100 Lincolnway West. The building consolidates city administration, utility and police departments under one roof.

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Jakob Lazzaro comes 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.