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South Bend mayor gives annual address on financial state of city

South Bend mayor discuses income inequality and emergency funds in families // WSBT 22 photo

Taxes pay for everything from roads to police officers, but someone has to decide how much to spend where.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave his annual address to the Common Council Monday.

In 2017 the city was able to pave more roads thanks to the state gas tax.

Many new apartment buildings also opened, but there are still neighborhoods that need work.

Buttigieg says not all communities are experiencing growth the same.

He wants to not just look at income inequality, but at how much money families have to deal with emergencies.

"Right now African-American members of our community are twice as likely to be in liquid assets poverty. That means they don't have what it takes to get through three months if they were to lose their income," said Buttigieg.

Buttigieg says the two most expensive things on the city's agenda this year are building parks and making a decision on how to re-route the South Shore.

He says they will also need to make tough decisions as the city approaches 2020 when the city will lose $2 million to $3 million because of a change to state property taxes.

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