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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

We talk with Mayor Bennett about the main points of his three debates so far with challenger Fred Nation.

The two candidates for Terre Haute Mayor say they’re reluctant to add user fees in the next administration, but are forced to concede they may be necessary if state funding to municipal government continues to decline.  Democratic candidate Fred Nation says he thinks too many user fees could shrink the city’s population.

“If cities become too expensive for people to live in, then they’re going to flee the cities and go to cheaper tax areas,” Nation says.  “The same goes with fees.  So that’s why I’m not a fan of just indiscriminately adding fees.  I won’t say that won’t ever happen, but I’d be very reluctant to increase fees on any essential city services.”

Incumbent Republican Duke Bennett was more accepting of the possibility, but says he’d want to solicit public input before upping the cost of any city service.

“It would have to be something very specific that people could tangibly say ‘OK, I’m paying a dollar a month or two dollars a month and I get these two or three things,’” Bennett says.

Still, both men say they’d prefer county and state taxes to cover the cost which might otherwise be offset by user fees.

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