Committee postpones vote on digital billboards

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis City-County Council committee postponed a vote on the issue of digital billboards after hours of debate Monday night.

Digital billboards are currently banned from Marion County, and the number of neighborhoods opposing their legalization continues to grow.

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There are some digital billboards on state property within the city limits -- including at the Indiana State Fairgrounds -- but the new ordinance would allow up to 75 more billboards to go up around Indianapolis.

The specific details of where the billboards will go were part of the reason the Metropolitan & Economic Development Committee meeting went on for about five hours.

Nearly three dozen community groups have said they are against Proposal 250. They said it favors the communication companies over the city.

The three billboard companies proposing the change have offered to take down one static billboard for every digital billboard that goes up.

The controversial issue will be discussed again at an April 6 meeting. If the committee votes yes, the proposal will move on to the full City-County Council.

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