South Bend, Indiana

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South Bend is one of the five largest cities in Indiana. It is the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana. In 2010, its population was 101,168.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Indiana city websites

This website was reviewed on November 8, 2011.

The good

  • Elected officials are listed with contact information.[2]
  • Meeting minutes, agendas, and notices are posted.[3]
  • Building permits and zoning information are posted.[4]
  • Budgets and financial reports are posted, along with archives of each.[5]
  • Bid information is posted.[6]
  • A GIS map is available for the city.[7]
  • Forms for public records requests are posted.[8]
  • Contact information is posted for all departments.[9]
  • According to the website, tax rates vary throughout the municipality.[10]

The bad

  • The budget is posted in a large PDF format that may take a considerable amount of time to download, depending on users' internet speeds.
  • No information on government sector lobbying is posted.
  • Specific tax rates are not posted.

Public employees

Elected officials

Common council

2011 Common Council[11]
Name District Position
Derek D. Dieter 1st President
Henry Davis, Jr. 2nd
Thomas LaFountain 3rd
Ann Puzzello 4th
David A. Varner 5th
Oliver J. Davis 6th Vice President
Al "Buddy" Kirsits At-Large
Timothy A. Rouse At-Large Chairperson Committee of the Whole


On November 8, 2011, South Bend voters elected Pete Buttigieg (D) to succeed Stephen J. Luecke, who had been South Bend's mayor since 1997 and did not seek re-election in 2011. Buttigieg defeated Republican Wayne Curry.[12]


2011 and 2012 Budgets[13]
Fund 2011 Revenues 2011 Expenditures 2012 Revenues 2012 Expenditures
General Fund $63,175,160 $63,968,313 $64,355,996 $64,313,746
Parks & Rec $13,735,091 $12,856,020 $14,003,492 $12,959,123
Enterprise $101,761,359 $77,251,190 $104,053,751 $71,695,307
Roads & Streets $6,874,784 $7,390,818 $8,992,438 $7,935,874
CED $14,423,791 $16,080,238 $6,106,430 $6,205,560
Police/Fire Pension $11,820,367 $13,029,956 $12,364,924 $13,085,979
Benefits/Insurance $14,496,060 $14,482,024 $14,773,648 $14,773,648
Debt/Capital $21,779,028 $21,143,674 $22,741,788 $22,078,778
Central Services $3,170,622 $2,941,377 $7,390,642 $7,231,743
Public Safety LOIT $5,296,619 $4,992,000 $5,296,619 $5,294,619
Other $2,098,500 $2,404,428 $2,003,116 $1,928,433
TOTAL $258,631,381 $236,540,038 $262,082,845 $227,501,810

External links

Indiana Transparency Portal

The Indiana State Auditor has launched an Indiana Transparency Portal (ITP), containing budget and financial information for local governments. The interactive report-builder page offers a range of information. Users can find financial data for a county, municipality or other unit of government.[14]


The budget information from the ITP doesn't match that provided on the South Bend website. The ITP says South Bend's 2012 expenditures are $263,126,926 and its revenues are $284,803,860,[14] but the South Bend website's budget says expenditures are $227,501,810 and revenues are $262,082,845.[13]


Rated cities in Indiana