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South Bend Mayor previews State of the City Address

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg presented his annual review of the city's finances to the Common Council Monday night.

This is ahead of the annual State of the City Address held in March.

Overall, the mayor says the city is performing well.

He brought up some of the long anticipated choices officials will have to make like the South Shore Line route and improved infrastructure.

The main message he delivered is the city is in relatively good financial health.

The future goal is to keep costs under control.

“The big message is that South Bend is fiscally healthy. That double ‘A’ bond rating is something only a few cities in Indiana have and that takes a lot of hard work to get there. We are keeping costs under control, we are not growing our head count and we are tightening our belts every way we can, but there is still going to be a squeeze coming into 2020,” said Buttigieg.

Mayor Pete joined us in the ABC57 Studio to talk about the upcoming address, another planned Mayor's Night Out, and of course the snow blanketing city streets and how officials are working to clear that up.

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