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Mayor Moore delivers sixth State of the City Address in Elkhart


Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore delivered his sixth State of the City Address Wednesday evening.

Moore talked about the city's finances.

He says all but one of the city's funds ended the year with a positive cash balance.

He also discussed jobs coming back to Elkhart and a stronger RV industry.

But there are still challenges.

Moore mentioned a property tax revenue drop that nearly resulted in furlough days for city employees.

By 2015, the mayor expects a $13 million loss.

He says the city needs to spend wisely, which he believes they've been doing.

"At the end of 2012, we left unspent $2.5 million. We were able to cancel the department closings and furloughs," says Mayor Dick Moore

Republican Councilman David Henke listened to the speech.

He believes it was mostly a rehash of last year's speech.

Henke wants to see the Mayor work more with other groups, like the Council, to focus on job creation, citing a current compact agreement dispute between the city and Elkhart County businesses.

"We should have been more receptive to our community, even county businesses that were trying to grow, despite the holdback of our government," says Henke.

FOX 28 asked the Mayor about the compact controversy after his speech.

He says these types of disagreements happen all the time and the city will stand firm on its decision.

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