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The City of Kokomo is heading into 2017 on a solid financial ground as it underspent its 2016 budget by 12%. The City spent $1.6 million less in 2016 than it did in 2015.

The savings were achieved while dealing with a large increase in employee healthcare costs and the cleanup from the August tornadoes. The City also completed its first full year of curbside recycling, purchased a new fire truck, and demolished more than 75 homes through its Blight Elimination Program.

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What:Community Prayer and Action Breakfast
Who: Mayor Greg Goodnight, city officials, Howard County Ministerial Association leaders
When: 6:30 a.m., Monday, January 9, 2017
Where: Kokomo Senior Center, 721 W. Superior St, Kokomo, IN 46901

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The Rebuild Highland Park Fund, created to fund the City of Kokomo’s effort to recover and rebuild from the August 24 tornadoes, continues to grow with donations from corporations and individuals.

The latest donation came from the American Legion Post Six baseball team, which donated $2,000 towards the fund. The donation puts non-corporate donations over $3,500. Donations have come from as far away as Albion, Indiana.

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Kokomo’s unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in September – its lowest rate since the year 2000. The rate is also lower than the state level (4.2) and the federal level (4.8), according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Read More
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