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City's annual report available soon

Friday, March 17, 2006

The City of Brazil published its annual report for 2005 Wednesday, a department-by-department look at the city's vital statistics-- from the number of police traffic stops to the tonnage of cold patch used to repair potholes.

Mayor Tom Arthur said the 17-page report, which compares statistical information compiled in 2005 to the 2004 report, was largely generated by the departments themselves.

"This was actually prepared by all the department heads, and they've done a really nice job," he said.

The Brazil City Police Department issued a favorable report, citing the acquisition of three new patrol vehicles and an overall decrease in reported crime.

Reported crimes dropped from 612 in 2004 to 593 in 2005, a net decrease of 3.1 percent. But incidences of several individual offenses saw a considerable increase-- reported drug offenses jumped by 13.4 percent, from 67 in 2004 to 76 in 2005, while reported DUIs rose 12.7 percent, from 63 in 2004 to 71 last year.

Reported burglaries also increased, from 35 in 2004 to 39 in 2005, but reports of theft shrank nearly 13 percent-- 155 in 2005 compared to 178 the previous year.

Traffic stops in the city jumped dramatically in 2005, from 1,650 in 2004 to 2,309 last year.

The Brazil City Fire Department kept busy in 2005, hiring three new firefighters and revamping emergency procedures for Brazil Housing Authority facilities after a July arson at Cooper Towers.

The department responded to 344 emergency calls in 2005, but calls most individual categories decreased from 2004. Structure fires dropped by 12.8 percent, from 39 in 2004 to 34 in 2005. Calls on vehicle fires, odor investigations and illegal burns also experienced significant percentage decreases.

The report issued by the Brazil Planning Department revealed a drop-off in residential construction. While applications for improvement permits experienced a marginal increase (.8 percent), permits issued for new homes (-4.2 percent), modular homes (-55 percent) and trailers (-33.3 percent) fell off.

But the total cost of new homes built in Brazil-- $3,999,538 in 2005 compared to $2,399,750-- jumped 60 percent last year.

The department also saw a marked decrease in building fees collected, falling off from $22,396 in 2004 to $10,385 in 2005, a 53.6 percent decrease.

The 2005 annual report also includes submissions from the Parks and Recreation Department, the Public Works Department, the Water Department, the Wastewater Department, the Human Resources/Safety Department and Forest Park Golf Course.

The City of Brazil Web site (www.brazil.in.gov) will post the complete report within days, Arthur said.

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