Common Council to discuss proposed Municipal ID Program

The South Bend Common Council will meet Monday night at 7 p.m. to discuss final details for the proposed 2016 budget.

The council has already met a number of times where city officials presented budget details. Also the council has held three different public forums where South Bend residents could make their voices heard.

Included in the budget proposal is Mayor Pete Buttigieg's Municipal ID Program which was introduced back in September.

The proposed $18,000 city ID program would include a photo identification card issued by the city that would increase services to residents in South Bend. 

The Mayor hopes the program will help their relations with police and also says this could benefit the foster youth, the homeless, the elderly, and immigrants.

However not everyone is on board with the plan yet.

Council member Oliver Davis said he still has questions that need to be answered, like the costs and proof of residency requirements.

Indiana state law requires that the budget must be passed by November 2.

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