INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday released a plan to tackle crime in Indianapolis.
Ballard announced a plan to eliminate the homestead credit to fund a $25 million preschool program. The program will provide scholarships to families to make preschool more affordable.
Ballard is also asking for an increase in the public safety income tax. If the increase is approved the city could hire 280 police officers. The cost of this plan will cost a household with the median income of $42,000 about $5.32 per month.
If the homestead tax is approved and if the public safety income tax happens it will cost tax payers about $75 to $100 a year.
A model to provide sustainable funding to hire new IMPD officers will be introduced at the next City-County Council meeting on August 18.
Ballard said Wednesday he believes crime and violence in the country are tried to the following three buckets of responsibility, which were laid out in a press release:
Bucket #1 – Prevention:
- Nearly double pre-school scholarships and expand eligibility for low-income families
- Help students who have been expelled, suspended or drop out of school
- Change Indy curfew ordinance
- Expand conflict resolution training through Peace Learning Center and Indy Parks
- Launch regional heroin awareness campaign
Bucket #2 – Protection:
- Hire 280 new IMPD officers by 2018
- Encourage people to report people illegally possessing guns to CrimeStoppers
- Full-time SWAT team
Bucket #3 – Punishment:
- Urge State to enact mandatory minimum sentence of 20-years for criminals who use a gun
- Invest up to $10M for courts, prosecutors, probation and community corrections
Indianapolis resident had mixed reactions on their willingness to pay more taxes for more police.
“I rather be safe,” said Annette Gates. “I came home from work they broke into my home four times in one week, I would take the hit.”
Other residents appear unwilling to take on any new taxes.
“There are police officers out there, but we will have the same crime and same things going on,” said Anthony Dotson.
Ballard’s plan will be introduced to City Council on August 18th.
For more on the mayor’s proposal click here.