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Terre Haute Mayor Cites Political Attacks Over Budget Report Delays

Terre Haute District 3 Councilman (D) Karrum Nasser (Joe Hren, WFIU/WTIU News)

A Terre Haute City Council Member is responding to the mayor’s accusations of political attacks over the delay of an accounting software program.

Mayor Duke Bennett says there were no issues after he gave a budget report in May.

“The finance chairman said I’m fine, it’s ok, we get it. Yet there’s some political attacks is really what it boils down to,” Bennett says.

Bennett says the city is in the process of merging data into a new accounting system.

Council Member Karrum Nasser says he understands, but it’s been six months since he’s had any financial data.

“Each time it’s a couple more weeks, we’re almost done, you’ve never have gone through a software update, it’s excuse after excuse,” Nasser says.

Nasser says it makes it difficult for the council to justify decisions without financial information.

The city has reduced its deficit from its peak of about $9 million in 2015. Bennett says they continue to reduce their borrowing and the budget numbers are still on track.

“We track it ourselves. We can pull it into spreadsheets, it’s just not anything you can hand out because it comes from multiple sources,” Bennett says.

Bennett says it’ll take several weeks to transfer data to the new system, but he plans to get January through March reports out by the end of next week.

Terre Haute Mayor (R) Duke Bennett (Joe Hren WFIU/WTIU News)

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