Councilor Says Police Merger Should Be Delayed

A member of the City-County Council is pushing to delay the planned merger of the Indianapolis police and Marion County sheriff's departments.

Councilor Sherron Franklin, a Democrat and an Indianapolis police officer, said Mayor Bart Peterson's office overestimated the potential savings to be gained through consolidation.

Franklin said the cost of new uniforms, police cruisers, Social Security and other pension benefits will eat up much of the projected first-year savings of $9 million.

"Let's take our time now. We have time ... Let's look at all costs. Let's go slower, so it won't cost the taxpayers any more money. We keep getting surprised," Franklin said.

Franklin voted against Peterson's merger proposal. The mayor's office said the merger will remain on track and is scheduled for completion in January 2007.

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