Indy’s $1B Budget Approved

INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): The Indianapolis City-County Council approved Monday night the  $1 billion 2015 budget for the city of Indianapolis and Marion County.

The budget passed with little debate but Democratic Councilor Angela Mansfield expressed concern that the budget doesn‘t adequately fund certain things the council is required to fund such as Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. She says I-A-C-C is in a dire situation. “It‘s not just a few hundred thousand dollars that needs to go towards Animal Care and Control to address all the issues. It‘s going to be a substantial amount.”

Mansfield said she was also still concerned about the staffing levels of IMPD. The 2015 budget provides funding for the 80 new officers hired in 2014 as well as 50 new officers and 20 new firefighters in 2015. She said she doesn‘t believe the new budget is going far enough in terms of IMPD staffing.

Mayor Greg Ballard issued the following statement Monday night: “I want to acknowledge the Council for passing my 2015 budget and investing in our future by providing a portion of the funding I requested for street and sidewalk improvements through RebuildIndy 2. It is my sincere hope the cooperative relationship we developed during these last few months continues as we work to fully fund the Pre-K initiative that is so important to the future of our city.”

The council also passed the operating and maintenance budgets for the Indianapolis Airport Authority, the Capital Improvement Board, the Health and Hospital Corporation, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library and IndyGo.

Ten councilors voted against the CIB‘s budget, saying the CIB should revisit its deal with the Indiana Pacers following the announcement that the team would be receiving over 50-million more dollars in television revenue. The budget now heads to Mayor Ballard‘s desk for approval.