With 2014 only a few months away, South Bend council members are already working on next year’s budget. Mayor Pete Buttigieg met with the common council to talk about the budget on Monday night.
The council plans to have a $55.7 million general fund budget for the upcoming year.
The mayor’s office has several goals which include funding for the 311 call center. Council members say they would like to record and track the amount of calls and complaints to the call center by zip code.
But their main focus is on community members.
“Anything that goes on the city might be taken as a reflection of our performance,” said Buttigieg. “In terms of the office itself, a lot of them really focus on the efficiency and the effectiveness of the office responding to constituents."
Council members say they have increased staffing at the call center and have been receiving close to 200 calls a day.