At a meeting Tuesday night, council members looked at areas in the 2018 budget with increased spending, to evaluate possible ways to cut those costs.
A quarter percent of the increase is temporary, and meant to pay for a proposed $60 million county jail.
Vigo County residents gathered Thursday evening for a public forum to discuss plans for a new county jail.
The meeting was the first opportunity for residents to give feedback on a proposed budget plan to help eliminate a more than $8 million deficit.
The lawsuit alleges drugs made by the manufacturers contributed to the county's ongoing opioid epidemic.
The council is required to approve a budget by the end of December. But Bennett says they’ll probably have one figured out by November.
The council spoke about potential changes to the budget in areas including roadwork, the sheriff's department and payroll.
Indiana's inventory of available houses has dropped more than 13 percent since last year, while demand continues to rise.
Recent audits of the city's finances have led to a concern over the city's ability to continue operating as a municipality.
Columbus-based engine manufacturer Cummins is paying for a wind farm expansion in Benton County as part of its sustainability efforts.