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EDITORIAL: Citizens' utility deal is smart move

March 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Much work remains before the city’s water and sewer utilities are sold to Citizens Energy Group, but the general outline of the deal makes sense and deserves support—not political posturing—as final terms are hammered out.
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Two of Ballard's top administrators step down

March 12, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Deputy mayor, city Bond Bank director resign to take jobs in the private sector.
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Official: Promised rate reduction key in $1.9B city water, sewer deal

March 10, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost savings from combining three utilities helped give Citizens Energy Group an advantage in the deal to take over Indianapolis' water and sewer operations, said Michael Huber, the city’s director of enterprise development.
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Low-profile CIB leader embraces tough financial task

March 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Lathrop Watch VideoAnn Lathrop's interactions with the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts aren't what she might have envisioned as a young college student pursuing a career in sports medicine. Now president of the city's Capital Improvement Board, her relations with the teams are tied to their financial conditions rather than the health of their players.
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Ballard solicits business help in aid of Indy Parks

March 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Corporate contributions, volunteerism help shore up struggling city department after recession-driven cuts reduce budget by nearly one-fifth.
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Officials: Weak smoking ban hurts Indianapolis' hospitality efforts

February 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The ongoing smoking-ban debate is getting a new spark from convention leaders trying to light a fire under lawmakers, who have been reluctant to approve the kind of comprehensive smoking ban that health—and now tourism—officials say is needed here.
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Ballard retooling city's curbside recycling strategyRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard plans to renegotiate the city's trash-collection-and-processing deals, a move aimed at boosting Indianapolis' woeful 3.5-percent curbside-recycling rate and making the city one of the best environmental stewards in the Midwest.
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Ballard's high-risk IT project could save millions - or flop

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has decided to overhaul the city's and county's 1970s-era financial IT systems—a move that could cement his reputation for improving government efficiency. But the upgrade also is fraught with risk.
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City seeking proposals to privatize parking operations

February 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis leaders are officially seeking proposals from companies interested in running the city’s parking operations—and possibly additional spaces managed by other government entities.
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City program gives firms incentive to hire ex-offendersRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A pilot project is providing jobs for 70 ex-convicts, with their $10-an-hour wages covered by Uncle Sam for six months. City officials hope they can then transition into other jobs or receive recommendations that help them to find other work.
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City to use $22.9M in stimulus for street, bridge repairs

January 26, 2010
Indianapolis will spend $22.9 million in federal stimulus money to make street and bridge repairs starting in the spring.
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Finish Line forfeits incentive deal

January 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mall retailer The Finish Line Inc. has agreed to forfeit a potentially lucrative tax-abatement deal because it won't be able to meet a 2008 promise to create almost 200 jobs and invest $24 million at its Indianapolis headquarters.
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City revamping management of parking operations

January 15, 2010
Scott Olson
The city of Indianapolis is seeking to consolidate management of its parking operations into a single, long-term lease that could net it tens of millions of dollars to make street and sidewalk repairs. City leaders are expected to release a request for proposals "soon."
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City leaders getting aggressive about recouping tax breaks

January 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the city expects to recover $5.5 million from companies that failed to meet job requirements. The city will use the money to fund economic development, convention, tourism and education efforts.
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City to bolster economic development funding

January 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Mayor Greg Ballard expected to announce at his State of the City address Wednesday evening that the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and Indianapolis Economic Development Inc. could receive about $1 million each from the city.
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City's plan to raise money with sponsorships takes wing with KFCRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard this month rolled out the first of what he hopes will be 10 to 15 city sponsorship and advertising deals this year, with the aim of saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
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IFD gets finger-lickin' good sponsorship deal

January 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
KFC agreed to pay city for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in exchange for using Indianapolis Fire Department to help it launch new fiery grilled wings. Mayor Greg Ballard hopes the deal is the first of many such corporate sponsorships.
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Fairgrounds' digital billboard is exception to county banRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Clear Channel Outdoor is building Marion County’s first full-size digital billboard along Fall Creek Parkway on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair. The first message might as well be: Take that, Indianapolis!
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EDITORIAL: City should phase in new fees

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard is on the right track with his plan to ask the City-Council to raise fees on businesses in order to improve code enforcement. But the push-back he’s receiving from the business community is understandable.
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Assessor predicts 2010 property tax bills will be on time

December 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis property tax bills, paid in two installments due in May and November, should be sent without delay for the first year since 2006.
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Brownsburg hires Texas city manager as town manager

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Dale Cheatham, who starts work Jan. 4, was city manager of The Colony, Texas, a growing community of 40,000, for eight years. Before that, he spent four years as city manager of Watauga, Texas.
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City ready to award new golf contracts

December 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's administration has chosen five local contractors to run 12 municipal golf courses for the next 10 years, and expects to get $6.3 million in capital improvements out of the deal.
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Ballard rolls out tougher requirements for lobbyists

December 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Lobbyists paid $1,000 or more to sway city or county officials will be required to report all activity online.
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Constantino's and City Market reach settlement

December 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
City Market has agreed to forgive Constantino's $27,000 in unpaid rent if the meat and produce stand shuts down by Dec. 24.
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IT firm receives abatement for job-growth plans

December 2, 2009
Indianapolis’ largest computer consulting firm on Wednesday received property-tax abatement relating to its plans to create 200 high-paying jobs and invest $600,000 in new equipment.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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