Battle over paying for pothole repairs continues

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Ask anyone who drives over one of the thousands of open potholes plaguing streets in the metro area and they would be likely to say that something must be done.

Ahead of Monday’s city-county council meeting, it was made clear that leaders from both parties agree repairs are necessary but disagree on what monies to allocate.

Council democrats announced they would propose adding to $8 million already approved by the Public Works Committee on May 1. An idea to be introduced Monday evening suggests spending $8 million of the $15 million currently in the Transportation General Fund and $8 million from the city’s Fiscal Stability Fund to repair winter road damage.

“Mayor Ballard has spent more than $8 million on his cricket stadium and other non-essential projects that could be far better spent on road repairs and other critical needs like public safety,” democratic councilor Zach Adamson said. “Our plan refocuses these misplaced priorities, so we take care of our citizens, not pet projects.”

24-Hour News 8 asked for Mayor Ballard’s response to the democrats’ announcement. His office spokesperson Marc Lotter accused the council members of delaying much needed repairs for months.

“It’s about time Council Democrats recognize the need to fix winter damage to Indy streets,” Lotter said. “Their proposal doesn’t go nearly far enough and they should move forward with Mayor Ballard’s proposal to invest $350 million in neighborhood street and sidewalk improvements. If this Council actually passes an ordinance to help the city fix the streets, Mayor Ballard will consider it at that time.”

Council was scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday.

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