City Government

Indianapolis controller leaving for education group

April 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will lose its controller a few months before the 2014 budget is due to be presented to the City-County Council.
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City struggles to close gap on $30M in budget cuts

April 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis leaders made a pact to cut 5 percent from the already-adopted 2013 budget, but the reality might prove too difficult to stomach.
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City to buy key parcel for 16th Street tech corridorRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Scott Olson
The city of Indianapolis is poised to pay Citizens Energy Group $6.5 million to buy a key parcel of real estate it’s targeting as the centerpiece of its ambitious 16 Tech project.
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RACE: Zoning overhaul might not go far enoughRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Indy Rezone won't change the city's timid approach to planning.
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Cops to valets: Park cars, not trafficRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis police are keeping an eye on downtown valets, whose habit of blocking traffic lanes has prompted complaints. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issued a stern reminder to all valet operators on Jan. 31, the week after the opening of The Alexander Hotel in CityWay at Delaware and South streets.
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Carmel puts 7-acre parcel up for grabs

March 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel is finally ready to redevelop the former Party Time Rental site on Range Line Road, a property in which the city has invested $4 million.
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Site swaps could clear the way for $43M Mass Ave projectRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Cory Schouten
City officials are working on a deal that could result in a new headquarters and downtown station for the Indianapolis Fire Department, a fresh user for a vacant former car dealership, and long-awaited groundbreaking on a $43 million apartment and retail redevelopment on Mass Ave.
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Ballard plans new redevelopment effort for Market Square site

March 7, 2013
Dan Human, Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard, in his annual State of the City speech scheduled for Friday, plans to call for new proposals for the downtown site that previously was home to Market Square Arena. The city expects the proposals to include a high-rise building with a major retail component.
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Councilor's party switch shrinks Democrats' edge

March 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
City-County Councilor Jose Evans, twice elected as Democrat, announced Tuesday he would become a member of the Republican Party and caucus with Republican councilors, taking the Democratic majority from 16-13 to 15-14.
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Charter schools bill would strip Indy council's authorityRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
A bill moving through the state legislature would remove the City-County Council's ability to veto mayor-sponsored charter schools.
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Mayor ups push to reform schools, hopes to halt family flightRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Concerned that a shortage of high-quality schools is fueling a loss of population in Marion County, Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration and a series of community groups have drawn up a preliminary plan to help replicate the city’s most successful schools.
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Ballard postpones India trip

February 21, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Trade mission will be rescheduled following bomb blasts that killed 11 in sister city.
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City reports rise in parking meter profit, revenue

February 21, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis estimates it earned about $1 million more from parking meters in 2012, with meter revenue almost doubling from the previous year, the Department of Public Works announced Thursday.
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Ballard: Don't measure trade missions by new jobsRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
About to embark on his eighth trade mission since 2008, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is committed to keeping up the city’s international profile, regardless of whether that results in a major economic-development deal.
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Is Indianapolis becoming too expensive for conventions?Restricted Content

February 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A recent tax increase coupled with cut-rate competition from other cities has Indianapolis-area convention and meeting officials fretting about losing a longtime cost advantage.
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Ballard won't levy charter fee, despite fiscal squeezeRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard is nationally recognized as a rigorous charter authorizer, picky about which schools open and willing to shut down the under-performers. But there is a cost to the city’s education work and Ballard may have to consider how much of it can be supported by the city’s maxed-out general fund alone.
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Senators look to sunset city's ticket, excise tax hikesRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Legislator says the recent tax increases aren't being used for the purpose intended when such increases were authorized in 2009.
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Digital billboards gaining local supportRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Clear Channel Outdoor, which owns most of the billboards within city limits, has lined up two city-county councilors to sponsor a bill that would loosen a decade-old ban on digital billboards.
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City may borrow to pay Bisard litigantsRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Bond issue might cover $2.3 million owed to two people injured in 2010 crash involving officer.
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Downtown green space dedicated to former mayor Hudnut

January 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard announced Friday that Capitol Commons will be rededicated in honor of William Hudnut, the Republican who began the push to revitalize downtown during his four terms as mayor from 1976 to 1992.
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Founder returning to lead city's environmental officeRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Anna Jetmore-Vargas, who started the office in 2008, had most recently worked at the environmental consulting firm Kerameda Inc.
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Democrats alter City-County Council posts, GOP member steps downRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
John Barth replaces Brian Mahern, a fierce opponent of some of Mayor Ballard's policies, as council vice president.
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Indianapolis government workers in line for raisesRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
The merit raises for non-union employees come as the city tries to trim expenses by 5 percent.
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Fishers Town Council elects new leadership

January 8, 2013
The seven-member council chose John Weingardt as president and Pete Peterson as vice president. Weingardt replaces Scott Faultless, who had been president since 2001.
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City set to hike entertainment, visitor taxes

January 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis City-County Council leaders have agreed to increase visitor and entertainment taxes to avoid what one councilor called a drastic reduction in services.
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