Mayor proposes balanced budget to council

Mayor Greg Ballard
(WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The mayor of Indianapolis presented his budget proposal to the City-County Council on Monday night, and while it was balanced, it didn’t generate much conversation.

Mayor Greg Ballard called the proposal a responsible budget, one that cuts down on the circle city’s debt while maintaining a AAA rating.

Ballard also called his proposal flexible because it focuses on education, infrastructure and public safety; including hiring 70 additional police officers, purchasing 100 squad cars and investing in a body camera program for IMPD officers.

“The next council, the next mayor may look at the budget and feel like they need more dollars in certain areas. It sounds like public safety is still going to be a priority. We will take the next couple weeks to dive in deeper into the budget and see what’s there and what’s missing and start the debate,” said Maggie Lewis, the City-County Council President.

“I understand from the mayor’s remarks that this is a baseline budget or a maintenance budget and I’m not sure what that means but we’ll be looking at the entirety of the budget starting tomorrow night,” said council member, Jack Sandlin.

The proposal is just that, a proposal. Right now, the city has $250,000 towards the body cameras for IMPD officers, and the projected cost for that would be $2 to $4 million. It will require a lot of thoughtful discussion to make a budget work.

The council will have eight weeks to review the proposal and will begin to take public comment in Sept.

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