Fatal fire could lead to budget changes

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The city of West Lafayette could add funding to its legal budget, in part because of cases centered on a fatal rental house fire.

As News 18 reported in June, David Notary filed a tort claim against the city seeking damages up to $700,000 for the wrongful death of his son, 23-year-old Scott Notary. Notary was killed in a house fire on Lutz Street in November.

Mayor John Dennis said the city is involved in litigation with the owners of the house for code enforcement issues.

“It’s in court right now. We’re just in the process of making sure that we have efficient enough revenue to continue the litigation process,” said Dennis.

The council will also have its first vote on the 2015 budget. Dennis said the overall budget is up by about 4 percent because of the recent annexation.

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