FOP to call on council to override Ballard’s veto on $4.7 million public safety package

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 13, 2015) – The Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police is calling for city-county councilors to override Mayor Greg Ballard’s veto of a $4.7 million public safety package.

Ballard announced Friday that he would veto the measure, which the council passed in a 24-4 vote on March 30 and included funding for police equipment and facility upgrades.

Ballard said the measure represented “a complete departure” from a “commonsense budgeting approach” and didn’t meet any of the immediate needs of public safety.

City-County Council President Maggie Lewis blasted Ballard’s veto in a statement Friday, calling it “irresponsible.”

“We collectively have concerns about these public safety tax dollars being shifted to unrestricted funds where they can be spent on other projects,” said FOP President Rick Snyder in a statement.

The FOP will hold a news conference Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. calling for the council to override the mayor’s veto.

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