A new mayor in Indianapolis

November 7, 2007
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Now that Greg Ballard has pulled the big upset, how will Indianapolis be different under his administration? Is his election good or bad for business?
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  • by the way it looks, enough people have been disappointed with the previoius administration and wanted to atleast give someone else a chance to prove himself. I have been opposed of both democrat and republican nomination, but I feel that we need to make a change in our life to see progress this time.
  • I personally feel Peterson got a bad wrap for things that were out of his control. However, I'm not opposed to giving Ballard a try. Change for the sake of change can sometimes be a good thing.
  • I agree with Tony. Peterson ran into the perfect storm. He got blamed for things beyond his control and the voters needed to blame someone. I know everyone's situations are different but my business has prospered in the last 8 years here in Indianapolis. Things are good. A big part of running a business is managing risk. Ballard is such an unknown quantity at this point that I see businesses pulling back investment, expansion, etc to wait and see what they will be dealing with. Maybe in the end it will be good but it will be a wait and see.
  • Whether he deserved it or not Peterson took the blame for the mess in property taxes, and voters want to send a very strong message to other elected officials that the increases in property taxes are unacceptable. Daniel's proposal now has a much higher chance of success. Clearly, pushing the same tax burden to other revenue sources will not do anything beyond changing the winners and losers. The message to Ballard is establish priorities, cut waste, get the most value for the tax dollars spent. Now the interesting times have come!
  • I am very cautiously optimistic he’ll do a decent if not good job…

    First of all, he seems like a VERY moderate conservative. If you really think about it he really hasn’t expressed any terribly conservative views. It could easily have been some neo-con man or some backwards something instead of him… That would’ve REALLY sucked!

    Secondly, he is a businessman & worked at a business college. Which is refreshing. Ballard also seems like he could be somewhat easily influenced for better or for worse.

    Overall, i’m pretty apathetic towards this. As much as i would have liked to have seen Bart serve his 3rd term’s a charm it still wasn’t realistic. I firmly belived that Peterson was getting pretty stale in there. Which was not good.

    So here’s a cheers to being carefully optimistic. Sound good?
  • Well we obviously know his view on Mass transit which Indy desperatly needs.
    Ballard-Hoosiers love their cars. 0_o
  • I think we've now seen the ultimate result of it's all about me citizens blaming Peterson for tax increases, crime and for spending money on the unfunded pensions for police and fire. Peterson has taken the high road and publicly made hard choices to face problems that were the result of many previous administrations. Now, we're going to see the same-old-thing; political leaders that stay in office by saying they'll cut taxes and keep all the services. I guess Ballard has 4 years; hope he will start his first month by honestly facing the fact that Indy can't function unless taxes pay the bills. And if we don't have a responsible city government, we won't be attracting jobs to the city that are needed... connect the dots.

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