Final vote on 2016 budget expected Monday night


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 12, 2015) – The City-County Council is expected to vote on the final 2016 budget Monday night.  The councilors’ decisions could make a big impact on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.  Time is running out for residents to speak up about how they think the money should be used.

About 70 percent of the overall budget goes toward public safety.  IMPD and the Indianapolis Fire Department getting likely getting around $400 million for next year.  Some of the top budget concerns are hiring more officers, buying new police cruisers and upgrading training facilities.

Just last month, the City-County Council Public Safety Committee signed off on hiring 155 new officers. The Fraternal Order of Police president says bringing on more cops is crucial since 49 officers either left the department or retired so far this year. Some city and county leaders agree that more officers are needed on the streets, especially since the number of murders in the city now exceed 100.

The Public Safety Committee also showed support for a plan to use nearly $5 million on new police cruisers and upgrades to training facilities.

A much-talked about item in the budget is funding for body cameras. The proposed IMPD budget calls for $250,000 for the cameras. But, the amount would not be enough to provide body cameras for all the IMPD officers.

The council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. There is no public comment on the agenda. Residents can share their thoughts with councilors at the Finance Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m.

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