Ballard's 2014 budget calls for expanded tax base to fund IMPD
Council set to vote on budget in October
Last Updated: 111 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Mayor Greg Ballard introduced his proposed budget Monday evening and his proposal to expand the tax base to fund the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department sparked both controversy and emotions.
"The budget reflects our city's commitment to fund our top priority," Ballard said.
The top priority is public safety and Ballard said funding IMPD is a two-step process.
He once again called for the City-County Council to eliminate the local homestead tax credit, but the second step in his proposed budget was the most controversial.
That step called for expanding the area that pays for IMPD from the old city limits to the county line, minus the four excluded cities and towns.
The Indianapolis Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Department merged to form IMPD in 2006, but the tax base to help pay for it wasn't expanded in conjunction with the merger.
“That's a good question, why was it not done in 2006 is an excellent question," Ballard said.
Ballard said his proposal would bring in more than $1 million.
A family with a $100,000 home outside the old city limits would start paying $114 a year in additional property taxes.
A family inside the limits would see their property tax bill drop to the $114 amount.
"It's a fairness issue, it's a fairness issue, they know that, I think they know that," Ballard said.
Like the mayor, Majority Leader Vernon Brown questioned the timing, but in a different way. He said it's pure politics.
"They didn't do it in 2007 when he was mayor and Ryan Vaughn was council president, they didn’t do it in 2008 when he was mayor and Ryan Vaughn was council president, they didn't do it in 2009," Brown said.
Brown didn’t seem to think it would happen this year either.
"I’ll tell you what, if all 14 republican councilors vote for it, I’ll vote for it and I live in a township," Brown said.
The Council is expected to vote on a final budget in October.
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