City-County Council approves Ballard’s $1.1 billion budget

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 12, 2015) – The Indianapolis City County Council signed off on Mayor Greg Ballard’s $1.1 billion budget Monday.

Roughly 70 percent of that will go towards funding public safety for the city.

“It really frustrates me when the kid that scores the touchdown does every kind of dance and celebration and you’re down 21 points and you’re like son, you’re down 21 points!” was the comparison City Councilor Aaron Freeman (R – District 25) made to the 2016 public safety proposed budget.

Republican City County Councilors lashed out against it Monday night, due in part to the 2016 public safety budget taking direct aim at Mayor, Greg Ballard. The proposal documented every veto the Mayor had to previous public safety budget proposals this year.

“Whereas instead of spending the $4.7 million immediately to support IMPD as the council intended, the Mayor vetoed the proposal,” it reads.

Republicans are concerned the budget’s $4.7 million that would be used to hire 155 new officers, purchase 100 new squad cars, and implement new body cameras, will be vetoed by the Mayor again.

“Let the mayor veto it, he’ll line item veto it presumably, we’ll vote, and in the meantime, I’ve got officers that have to wait an additional three weeks,” said Freeman.

The proposal though would ultimately pass, along with the rest of the mayor’s massive $1.1 billion budget. A huge portion of that, more than $400 million, will go to IMPD and the Indianapolis Fire Department.

A must, lawmakers agree in a city with a skyrocketing murder rate.

“Facts have no expiration date. What they do is become legacy for an administration that’s been inept on the matter,” said City Councilor Stephen Clay (D – District 11).

The Mayor could veto this portion of the budget and it could take another three weeks for city county council to approve it again.

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