City leaders look to keep streets safe with crime plan

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – City leaders and Mayor Ballard are getting the message out about how to make Indianapolis and Marion County a much safer place to live.

Wednesday night the Mayor and other city leaders held a town hall meeting about their plan to make the streets safe.

City leaders took their plan to Southport Presbyterian Church to talk about crime and how to keep the streets safe. Mayor Ballard is calling this a holistic plan on preventing crime, protecting the city and punishing those who break the law.

“We’re doing a lot of these things, but the mix has to change,” said Mayor Ballard.

Dozens of people gathered to hear the plan the Mayor and other city leaders call a holistic approach to fighting crime.

“Our job is not done just at the arrest. We have to be clear with what happens with that particular case,” said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite.

The biggest issue of the meeting centered around eliminating the local homestead credit. It would create a preschool scholarship program and impact some Marion County homeowners on average of $1.84 a month.

“I agree with a lot of the things he said. I know that those are the needs that we really have and I would like to see some of it come to fruitation,” said Lawrence Evinger of Franklin Township.

Another part of the Mayor’s plan centered around policing. The city wants to increase the public safety income tax .15-percent; hiring 280 officers by 2018 would cost county taxpayers $5.32 a month.

“I guess having lived in other parts of the country, these tax increases are the reversal of some of these credits I think is very small change to make us safe,” said George Soukup of Franklin Township.

Florence Elmore attended the town hall. She said she doesn’t care what it takes, but says she needs proof it will work.

“I want the area to come alive and people to be able to go out and do things and education is better. I want to see specific success rates and if I have to spend money to do that, that’s OK,” said Elmore.

The meeting is one of several scheduled around Marion County before the City-County council votes on the crime fighting plan and public safety tax September 22. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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