Council passes $1.1B budget including controversial $15M CIB 'tax'

Mayor says budget will double deficit in 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - After weeks of back and forth, the Indianapolis City-County Council passed the city's nearly $1.1 billion budget Monday night.

The Chamber of Commerce pleaded for the council to reject the budget, because it includes a $15 million charge to the Capital Improvement Board.

Democrats want to use that money, called PILOT or "payment in lieu of taxes," to add more police officers and firefighters to the city's roster.

"Somebody has to pay for public safety," said Democratic Counselor Brian Mahern. "Right now, our constituents -- the ones living in our neighborhoods, the ones that don't have special treatment -- are paying that cost. So when we ask for the PILOT and for CIB to chip in, it's because someone needs to pay for public safety."

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said in a statement that the budget proposed by the council is unfunded, would increase spending and would more than double the deficit for 2014.

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