Muncie will shutoff streetlights to save money

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Muncie - Many streetlights will be going off soon in a central Indiana city in a budget cutting move.

The Muncie City Council has slashed its $630,000 streetlight budget in half as it tries to close a $1.5 million spending shortfall for next year.

City Councilman Sam Marshall says that services must be adjusted as statewide property tax caps reduce revenues. He says lights will remain at busy intersections, but that elsewhere every other streetlight might be turned off possibly as soon as January.

I&M Power spokesman David Mayne says Muncie has about 4,300 streetlights and the company will be working with the city on the shutdown.

Merrillville in northwestern Indiana also plans to turn off many of its streetlights to save money.

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