Mayor defends hiring of PR firm

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The city of Indianapolis is months away from finalizing builders and plans for the new criminal justice complex, but already critics are sounding off.

Most recently, some democrats are calling into question a $750,000 contract with PR firm Bose, wondering why the city would spend that much for public relations.

We sat down with Mayor Greg Ballard this week and asked him about it. The Mayor says it’s a common practice. He says it was done with Lucas Oil Stadium and the Convention Center, and he believes it’s needed to get all city leaders on the same page.

“I’m not sure why people are getting up in arms about this,” said Mayor Ballard. “We wanted to make sure we reach to the other side on this and Bose is kind of looked at as a democratic lobbying firm so we’re hoping councilors and other county office holders, make sure everybody’s kind of there.”

Mayor Ballard says the PR costs are less than one percent of the whole contract, and will be absorbed into the total project expense.

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