WFIU’s Joe Hren sat down with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight to share his thoughts from the State of the City address Monday night. Listen to their full conversation above.
Here are some highlights:
Hren: The city spent nine percent less than budgeted last year when it seems like costs are going up, how did the city save money?
Goodnight: We’ve been as efficient as we can be the last five or six years. But last year I thought it was telling that we had about $800,000 in unexpected costs associated with our flood, our two tornadoes and heavy amounts of snowfall… all those things considered, still came in under budget.
Hren: I believe you met with the governor regarding the personal business property tax cuts, what came of that meeting?
Goodnight: I’ve had a couple meetings with the governor. We’re discouraged by the fact, that there’s been a concentrated effort to really defund local government. I equate to losing weight, in general it’s a good idea to lose weight. But at some point it becomes unhealthy. And it may not be in our long term best interest.
Hren: You also spoke of investing into the infrastructure of people, what do you mean by that?
Goodnight: We need the urban option for two groups that are pushing that. That is the baby boomers who are now empty-nesters and the millennials. We need to be partners with private developers to be sure we have that housing option.