Homestead tax credit tabled at City-County Council meeting

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A City-County Council committee chose to table a proposal for elimination of the homestead tax credit Tuesday night.

Mayor Greg Ballard wanted to use the funds for scholarships on pre-K enrollments.

The money would help 13,000 low-income families. It would also help schools apply for money to help raise their accreditation levels.

24-Hour News 8 knew before the meeting that the proposal was not likely to make it out of committee.

Even so, some community members were allowed to wait three hours hoping to speak, only to be told there would be no public discussion.

Kyle Walker on City-County Council (D) released a statement following the meeting.

Earlier this evening, dozens of citizens, including many children, attended a three hour meeting of the City-County Council Administration and Finance Committee to voice their opinion on the proposed resolution to support Pre-K funding. Committee Chair Angela Mansfield deliberately pushed discussion of the topic to the end of the agenda, only to quickly table it without taking public comment. The public should always have a voice in the process of local government, but to deny them the right to speak after waiting through a three hour committee meeting is beyond disrespectful. Unfortunately, this is just the latest example of the political games being played by Council Democrats.

Tuesday night Mayor Ballard hosted a town hall meeting to talk about his crime and early education plan. While the mayor wasn’t on hand for Tuesday night’s committee meeting, that plan was on the top of his mind.

“If they’re going to not do it, then they have to help along the way for us to do this, because they’re clearly for pre-K. The business community is screaming loudly for this. So, I hope they understand that,” said Ballard.

At the town hall meeting, Ballard talked about what happens if the homestead tax credit is killed by the committee.

The spokesman for the mayor told 24-Hour News 8 getting pre-K is more important than how they pay for it.

He says that’s because they’re more concerned with addressing the root causes of crime.

State rules require that such changes must be done by the end of the month.

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